10:13 PM ET, March 24, 2011
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS -- Matt Howard and Butler are starting to make this look a little easier.When the final horn sounded Thursday night, the Bulldogs calmly congratulated one another and walked over to shake hands with Wisconsin, yet another higher seed sent packing. It all seemed rather routine, at least for the Bulldogs.After narrowly surviving its first two NCAA tournament games by margins of two points or fewer, Butler led by 20 points before holding on for a 61-54 victory over the Badgers.
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• Butler's 7-point win equaled the combined margin of victory for its four previous games in the NCAA tournament.
• Butler improved to 16-3 in the month of March under head coach Brad Stevens.
• The Bulldogs have now won 12 straight games overall.
• Wisconsin shot 30.4 percent from the field, its second worst shooting performance this season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-45 (.422)||17-56 (.304)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-18 (.278)||7-29 (.241)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-26 (.692)||13-19 (.684)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
|» Mar 24, 2011||BUT 61, @WIS 54||Recap|
Butler is the 6th team from a non-major conference to make consecutive Elite 8 appearances since the field expanded in 1985. While a long ways off, only Memphis and UNLV have reached the Elite 8 in three straight years from a non-major conference.[+]
Consecutive Elite 8 Appearances - Non-Major Conference, Since 1985
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