Butler rides defense to survive hard-charging Arkansas

7th Seeded Razorbacks Ousted in First Round of NCAA Tournament with 79-62 Loss to 10th Seeded Butler

"And then whatever comes after that we'll be prepared for when the time comes". "They've got firepower and some offensive weapons that can get you back in the game". But, ultimately, it wasn't enough, as coach Mike Anderson's crew was upset by the No. 10-seed Bulldogs 79-62.

Butler (21-13) will face No. 2-seeded Purdue (29-6) on Sunday in the second round.

He carved out a crucial role on a 23-12 team led by five key seniors. This is a team that has put 19-0 runs on opponents twice this season and dropped a 16-0 tear on the Bulldogs Friday.

The win turned out to be more hard than it needed to be, considering the Bulldogs held an early 21-2 lead.

Conversely, the Razorbacks have also found itself in double-digit holes three times in that stretch. He'll likely be an National Basketball Association lottery pick at some point. The only other Bulldog in double figures was Sean McDermott, who hit three of his five three-point attempts for a total of 11 points to go with seven rebounds.

Which is what Butler did.

"One thing about Butler, they've got tradition", Anderson said.

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"That 11-1 record is because we've got good players, and they've got a lot of pride in the program", Jordan said. We just made them take tough 2s and limited their touches. 1 Villanova this season back on December 30, but that's the Bulldogs' only victory against a ranked team.

The Razorbacks shot over 40 percent from 3-point range this season, which was historical in its greatness.

It was an awkward position for the 6-foot-7 senior, who had never before been handed the reins to a team and wasn't always keen on speaking his mind. Butler shoots almost 10 points higher than Arkansas at the line, 77.1 percent to 67.8 percent. "We talked about it in pregame". "They are a talented team, they come from a great conference and as soon as we saw the match-up it's like 'OK, let's get it going'". The Razorbacks made 4 of 18 3-point shots. Friday's defeat matched the second-worst 3-point shooting performance by Arkansas all season.

"It was all about response", Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. This year they drew 7-seed Arkansas from the SEC. And they shoot a high percentage, so when they take them, they make them. But they've got bigger goals in mind. They do a good job in their motion offense, setting screens. That's the bright lights, big stage, so we shouldn't be shy going up to Detroit for that match-up.

Macon, who scored eight points in the run to help Arkansas take its only lead of the game, said the rally took a physical toll.

Barford, 18.0 average, Macon, 16.9, and Daniel Gafford, the 6-11 freshman center from El Dorado averaging 11.9 points, 6.2 boards and blocking 73 shots, will keep Jordan and his staff glued to Arkansas video just like Anderson and his staff continue glued to video of Martin, "He's a guy that has unlimited range", Anderson said, and the Butler guards.

"We knew today was going to be a fight", Jordan said, "obviously, with their ability to press and extend the floor and apply pressure". We know that Arkansas is a really good, talented team. "I thought they were the more physical team - and it showed in rebounding the basketball".


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