Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Butler holds off Wisconsin, advances to face Gators

NEW ORLEANS — Matt Howard scored 20 and Butler sent home yet another higher seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 61-54 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday.

Shelvin Mack scored 13 and former Wharton High standout Shawn Vanzant 10 for the No. 8 seed Bulldogs (26-9), who led by 20 in the second half before withstanding a late rally by the No. 4 Badgers.

Butler advanced to the Southeast Region final, where the Bulldogs meet Florida. Butler reached the NCAA title game last season, losing to Duke.

Howard said of the Gators: "They are good inside and outside. They are real big inside, real physical.''

Jordan Taylor scored 22 for Wisconsin (25-9), which shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56).

Jon Leuer, one of the Badgers' top offensive forces with 18.7 points per game, scored three on 1-of-12 shooting.

"(Wisconsin) missed some shots they normally make,'' Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "We're happy to be playing Saturday with a chance to get to another Final Four. We have to start getting ready for Florida.''

Before the game, Stevens addressed talk about why he is not leaping to a higher-profile, higher-paying program.

"I appreciate the compliment, and I appreciate you saying I'm crazy for staying," Stevens said. "One of the things in all the job talk is, it's all speculation. It's not like my cellphone is blowing up.

"And it's not like I'm a guy that thinks the grass is greener somewhere else just because everybody says it's supposed to be. I think that we are very fortunate to have really green grass in Indianapolis and at Butler."

Butler 61

Wis. 54

Butler holds off Wisconsin, advances to face Gators 03/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:50am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)