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Monday, April 4, 2011
Rick Pitino tabs Butler to beat UConn

By Pat Forde

HOUSTON -- Rick Pitino is the only coach in America who has beaten the two teams that will play Monday night for the national title.

His Louisville Cardinals walloped Butler 88-73 way back in mid-November. The Cardinals were 2-1 against Connecticut, beating the Huskies twice in the regular season and losing to them in the Big East tournament championship game.

Who better to ask for a scouting report on the game?

"I think Butler will win the game, and it won't be at the buzzer," Pitino said Sunday, reached by telephone. "It'll be by seven or eight points."

After watching the national semifinals Saturday night, Pitino sees fatigue as the biggest factor in the Bulldogs' favor.

"My observation is that Connecticut's a tired team right now," he said. "I think Kemba [Walker] is worn out. I think Butler is the winner because of it."

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