It's no surprise that Butler is making its sixth NCAA appearance in 11 seasons. The Bulldogs do two things good teams do -- make free throws and take care of the ball.
6 Butler is sixth in the nation in free-throw shooting, making 76.3%, and was best in the country at taking care of the ball, averaging only 9.36 turnovers a game.
2 The main factor on both counts: junior guard A.J. Graves, who ranks second in the country in free-throw shooting percentage at 95.8%.
Even on his poorest of shooting nights, Graves rarely misses a free throw. He is 137 for 143, and has proved that even when he's off from everywhere else he's still nearly automatic from the line.