6:07 PM ET, April 3, 2010
Butler shakes second-half slump for school's first finals appearance
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kansas -- gone.Kentucky -- gone.Syracuse -- gone.Little Butler -- still going.How's that for a Hollywood hoops script. Call it "Hoosiers," the sequel.
Butler became the fourth team in NCAA tournament history to hold its first five opponents under 60 points. Here's a look at the others:
|'85||Georgetown||Lost title game|
Born to Run
The key for Butler in moving on to its first title game was its ability to force turnovers and convert them into points. Butler won the turnover battle 16-8 and outscored Michigan State 20-2 off of turnovers. One way Butler capitalized on Michigan State's turnovers was by getting out in transition -- 12 of Butler's 15 transition points came off of turnovers.
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NCAA Mens Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Final four t-shirts with the logo for the Butler Bulldogs are seen on the backs of seats...(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||15-49 (.306)||18-42 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-21 (.238)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-24 (.708)||10-18 (.556)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|
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