Posted by Eric Angevine
Butler, man.... Butler. They're becoming the miracle children of college basketball. Credit experience, or inside play or even Brad Stevens' glasses, but these guys turn it on in the postseason.
In upsetting the No. 1 Pitt Panthers today, the Bulldogs reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history. For a team that had to win the Horizon League auto-bid to get to the Big Dance a year after reaching the final game, the breaks just keep falling their way.
Some viewers questioned the officials' decision to call either of the two late fouls in such a close game, but league supervisor of officials John Adams appeared on CBS shortly after the game ended and assured viewers that the fouls were properly called.
The bigger question, and the one both head coaches will no doubt hammer their kids with in the future is "what the heck was anyone doing fouling in either of those scenarios?" Butler had the lead with 2.2 seconds left, and should have been playing D and forcing a tough jumpshot. After the missed free throw, the odds of Matt Howard doing anything but heaving the ball in the air were pretty much nil, so why foul him?
Then again, that's March Madness for you.
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