VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Khyle Marshall's double-double led Butler to the Horizon League tournament semifinals for the seventh straight year with a 71-49 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night.
Marshall scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (20-13), who will meet top-seeded Valparaiso in the semifinals Saturday night. Roosevelt Jones made 8 of 11 shots and matched Marshall's 17 points.James Haarsma's nine points led the fourth-seeded Panthers (20-13), whose five-game winning streak ended. Milwaukee shot 32 percent and was outrebounded 46-25.Butler, which has won seven of eight, had two 11-0 runs.The Bulldogs led 20-18 before scoring the next 11 points, seven by Marshall, for a 31-18 lead with 17:30 left.After the Panthers closed within 33-26, Butler reeled off another 11 in a row for a 44-26 edge with 11:47 remaining.It got no closer than 13 after that.Butler clinched its seventh consecutive 20-win season.
Butler advances to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament by blowing out Milwaukee. Brad Stevens continues his magic this time of year. He's won 13 games in a row in March and is 18-3 overall in the month of March. His last loss in March came in the Round of 64 against LSU in 2009