November 27, 2009
UCLA tonight VS. BUTLER When: 9 (approx.). Where: Anaheim Convention Center. On the air: TV: ESPNU; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 2-2, Butler 3-1. Record vs. opponent: 4-1. Update: The 76 Classic marathon continues with No. 12-ranked Butler, the first top-25 team that UCLA is facing this season. The Bulldogs are led by 6-foot-9 wingman Gordon Hayward, who is averaging 15.3 points and eight rebounds. -- David Wharton
March 25, 2010 |
Reporting from Salt Lake City Butler refused to go home. Now the Bulldogs have a chance to go back to Indianapolis on their own terms Returning to the city as conquerors carrying mid-major dreams was not on the Bulldogs' minds, they all have claimed, but that has come to the forefront after a 63-59 victory over top-seeded Syracuse at EnergySolutions Arena. The pesky Bulldogs will face Kansas State on Saturday in the West Regional final, their first Elite Eight appearance.
April 2, 2011 |
HOUSTON -- Butler is ready for Part II. After playing last season's underdog role and advancing to the NCAA tournament final, the Bulldogs did it again Saturday -- only this time as the favorite. Despite being a low No. 8 seed, the Bulldogs defeated 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth, 70-62, for another shot at winning it all. The Bulldogs became the nation's lovable underdogs last season, drawing comparisons to the movie Hoosiers thanks to their small-school stature, Indianapolis roots and famous Hinkle Fieldhouse home.
April 4, 2011 |
Reporting from Houston Since arriving in Texas last week, Kemba Walker had visions. Snipping nets. Hearing "One Shining Moment. " Confetti floating around him. While the scene is an annual tradition, Walker accurately imagined himself and his Huskies teammates in the sea of red, white and blue streamers that drifted onto the Reliant Stadium court Monday night after a 53-41 victory over Butler in a game that was more slugfest than slamfest....
April 5, 2010 |
The hard part about real life, as opposed to movies, is you can't edit film on the two shots star Gordon Hayward missed in the final five seconds that would have given Butler the NCAA title over Duke. You can't let Hayward take the baseline jumper until he makes it, or do a dozen retakes on the hold-your-breath half-court heave at the buzzer that clanked off the rim. That only works, most times, in your dreams, in the driveway. OK, it worked once, in Butler's gym, for an underdog Indiana high school team, in 1954, and they made a movie, but when do sequels ever work?
April 1, 2011 |
Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb recently was struck with this thought: "Man, I can't believe we're in the Final Four. " He could have easily tossed Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth into the mix. Outside of two or three blindfolded dart throwers, no one believed in this Final Four. Imagine, three weeks ago, writing out Saturday's lineup cards for Houston's Reliant Stadium: Butler versus VCU in one national semifinal game and Connecticut versus Kentucky in the nightcap.