12:20 PM ET, March 19, 2009
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marcus Thornton wasn't around for LSU's last NCAA tournament appearance, stuck instead at a junior college while those other homegrown Tigers reached the Final Four.
Fast Facts• Two streaks ended Thursday: LSU got its first NCAA tournament win since the 2006 Elite Eight, while Butler had its four-game, first round winning streak snapped.
• LSU's Marcus Thornton scored 30 points -- his seventh 30-point game of the season.
• Butler has been eliminated by an SEC team in each of the last three seasons, and four of the six NCAA tournaments it's played in since 2000.
-- ESPN research
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NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-52 (.423)||27-55 (.491)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-23 (.348)||6-14 (.429)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-26 (.731)||15-21 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
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