Posts Tagged ‘Butler’

Heartbreak! Butler Hits the Wall, Scheyer, Singler and Smith Deliver for Coach K

In march madness on April 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

A great final.

Duke 61, Butler 59

Butler did everything they had to do to win this one – kept it close, got Duke’s big man Brian Zoubek in foul trouble, played ferocious D, forced Duke to turn to only their stars for points – and the Bulldogs even got the ball into their own star’s hands, the Horizon Conference POY’s hands, with 13 seconds left.

Gordon Heyward, after his signature behind the back dribble, was pushed outside. He tried then to go baseline and hit the game-winner, but his high-arcing shot rimmed out.

Heyward was going for it all the way, and it looks like even the Duke players knew it – Zoubek drifted to the baseline to double-team leaving Matt Howard open under the basket, with 3 seconds on the clock.

Had Heyward dumped it, would they have had the lead? We were screaming at him to pass it. (sigh).

Instead of course, Duke rebounds Heyward’s miss. Butler fouls. A made FT makes it a 2pt. game. And a missed one left Heyward with the chance only to make a desperation heave – a shot which tantalizingly hit the backboard square and then the front rim hard …

and with a CLANG! Butler’s storybook season came to an end.

YH does feel the zebras favored Duke, and particularly Scheyer, on exactly three calls: Scheyer got continuation at the 7 minute mark on a foul that’s clearly on the floor; the charge called on Hayward when Scheyer was definitely moving (noted by broadcaster Clark Kellog) took away a 3 point play and gave Duke the ball; and Scheyer got away with offensive goaltending on the putback they praised.

But the Blue Devils weren’t lucky in this one, they were good.

Brilliant tactical move by Coach K at the end of the game to switch D’s on the inbound pass, forcing Butler to burn their final timeout, unable to get the ball in bounds. Not only did it defuse Butler’s offense striving for the winning bucket, but without that timeout, Butler had no play after Duke’s made FT at the end of the game. That was a crucial switch up at a critical moment that paid off huge for Coach K – master of endgame and inbound. (By contrast, Scheyer and Singler punked the Butler D twice on inbounds plays for easy twos).

Butler couldn’t get Matt Howard started which was critical because he was getting open looks. The Bulldogs struggled to hold onto the ball in the second half, and too often got jammed up by the 7’1″ Zoubek and Singler in the paint.

The Devils – and particularly Singler – matched the defensive effort of the Bulldogs with blocks and steals aplenty, and they won this scrap by making shots that Butler missed. The Blue Devils kept their cool.

Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils, NCAA March Madness 2010 Champions.

and to the runner-up Butler Bulldogs – for the last several weeks you were America’s team. We fell in love with you and admired every minute of tough team defense. Thank you so very much for an amazing, valiant, impressive effort to win it all against the odds.

Brad Stevens, YOU ARE THE MAN!

[By the way, Stevens’ substitutions down the stretch were stunning – repeatedly, on a play-by-play basis, bringing Jukes in on offense and Howard back for D resulted in a four point turnaround at one stage – tactically brilliant].

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Butler versus Duke in the Final: We said it back in February, Butler’s Better Than Duke

In march madness on April 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Yesterday’s Hoops is so lucky that the first year we exist, the March Madness was filled with great play, upsets, drama and fun times – a great year, thanks for joining us.

And hey, do go back and look at our entries since February 10, when we launched, up to now. It has been a real ball and we’ve been right on point. We really hope you will subscribe based on our quality and join us for coverage of the NBA Playoffs.

That said, in terms of college ball, after a year of amazing play and upsets galore, it comes down to a Butler team that deserves it and a Duke team that doesn’t.

Butler 52, Michigan State 50

Butler continued to play team defense and score by moving the ball inside and out. Perimeter D was again awesome and focused defense on Durrell Summers, who was held to14 points.

“A lot of people want to shoot the last shot in the big game,” Butler G Ronald Nored said. “We want to guard the last shot.”

sick. And again, we believe Butler is better than Duke and said it weeks ago.

Yesterday’s Hoops, February 21, 2010

When YH said it, back on February 21st, everybody made fun of us – not laughing so much now, are ya?

Duke 78, WVU 57

A lot of people believe that half the Final was decided on  selection day.  And everybody who knows March Madness knows it. It’s funny to read and watch the rationalizers and TV hosts – yeah, like Krzyzewski needs sympathy – ha!

The haters leaned on Duke so hard today – primarily for the primrose path they had to get to the Final – that finally even Coach K had to acknowledge the din: “If we’re going to be despised or hated by anybody because we go to school and we want to win, you know what, that’s your problem.”

But then, in a typical move of cover-my-ass that is why so many hate Duke’s Head Man, Coach K also said today, “If Butler wins, it would be a huge exclamation point on parity.”

Hey, Coach K?

YH hopes Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs beat you hollow.

And that the NCAA Tourney expands to 96 teams so we don’t have to keep seeing you at this time of year.

Butler Busts Thru the ‘Cuse Frontline, K-State and Xavier Double OT Classic, Mountaineers Don’t Need the Truck

In march madness on March 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

Are you scared of Butler yet?

Butler 63, Syracuse 59

Head Coach Brad Stevens’ Butler Bulldogs were well prepared for Boeheim’s Orangemen. Butler cracked the 2-3 zone and held the ‘Cuse to under 60 points with suffocating defense.

Leading most of the way, Butler succumbed to a heavy push by Rautin, Johnson and the Orange in the 2nd in which ‘Cuse took over and held a four point edge. But in the closing minutes, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run to keep Syracuse at bay and head toward their first ever Elite Eight matchup.

Critical made 3’s – one an insane shooter’s roll that back-rimmed, front-rimmed and bounced high before caroming off the backboard and through, by Veansley – and another dead-swish by Nored were the keys to the end of the game. Horizon Conference Player of the Year Gordon Hayward did heavy damage in the second half, balancing sophomore guard Shelvin Mack’s 14 in the first.

Victory against their next opponent means the Bulldogs play in the Final Four Back HOME Again in Indiana – are you scared yet?

Kansas St. 101, Xavier 96 in Double OT

The Jordan Crawford Coming Out Party was finally brought to a halt by Frank Martin’s Kansas State squad led by Jacob “Fear the Beard” Pullen, who was deadly from long range and at the line.

Puerto Rican Sensation Denis Clemente also played a brilliant game.

The young point guard from Bayaramon’s poorest district was cool under pressure, scoring 21 of 25 in the second half and extra periods.

Clemente also nailed late free throws to seal it after an exhausting 45 minutes plus in which Xavier’s Jordan Crawford and Terrell Holloway refused to say die.

The 2010 NCAA Tournament will rightfully be remembered as Crawford’s coming out party for the amazing, hanging, scoop shot finger-roll – that he seems to have invented – which he used twice.

see it here

But no one will soon forget Crawford’s long range three to tie this game at the end of the first OT – it had to have been a 35-footer and nothing but net.

YH extends congrats in defeat to Xavier’s Jordan Crawford, Terrell Holloway and new head coach Chris Mack who called this double-OT classic, “As good a game as I’ve ever coached or been a part of.”

West Virginia University 69, Washington Huskies 56

Despite the loss of PG “Truck” Bryant, the Mountaineers manhandled the lowly Huskies, exposing at last the much predicted weakness of the Pac-10 this year.

Kentucky 62, Cornell 45

Nice run Big Red, now go back to your books and leave the running to the thoroughbreds from Kentucky!

Baylor, Butler, Murray State and Xavier: Tourney-bound and Dangerous

In march madness on March 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Murray State 62, Morehead State 51

Murray State exacted revenge on Morehead State the only conference team to beat them this year with impressive defense against Maze Stallworth and great guard play. Isaih Canaan came off the bench to spark the Racers to the Ohio Valley Conference title. The Racers (30-4) set a school record for wins in a season, becoming the first OVC school to do that and the first Division I team to 30 wins this year.

Baylor 92, Texas 77

Tweety and the Bears are on a tear and the depleted Longhorns may just play their way from a national number 1 ranking in November to not being in the NCAA tournament in March at all. The Horns are officially a bubble team after impresive wins by Texas A&M and Baylor.

Butler 68, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 59

Butler’s patient offense, great interior defense and conference POY Ronald Nored continue to get it done. In the semi-final they showed why they belong in the dance and are likely to get an at large bid even if they lose the conference championship – which is unlikely. The Butler Bulldogs are for real, YH has said for weeks that they are better than Duke.

Xavier 93, St. Bonaventure 72

Xavier enters the tourney with a share of their fourth straight conference title under first year head coach Chris Mack. Led by seniors Jordan Crawford and Jason Love – this team has potential to make the sweet 16

BYU 107, TCU 77

Jonathan Tavernari scored 23 points, Jackson Emery and Charles Abouo added 22 a piece, and BYU crushed TCU to allow BYU (28-4) to match the 1950-51 team for the most wins in school history.