For a team that has pulled off some magical runs over the last couple of years, there is plenty of hype surrounding the Butler Bulldogs in this year’s 2013 NCAA Tournament as they entered as a No. 6 seed in the East Region with a first-round matchup agains the Bucknell Bison. After the first half of play, Butler appeared to be well in control of the game, but once the second half rolled around–it was clear this team may not be as ready for another run like previous years.
At one point in the second half, Bucknell went on a 19-2 run as they were shooting lights out from all over the court and appeared to be on their way to the first upset of the tournament. Luckily, the Bulldogs managed to rally back before pulling away with the 68-56 win to advance to the next round for a matchup against the winner of the Marquette–Davidson game.
Andrew Smith came up big for Butler in this one as he finished the game with 14 points to go along with 16 rebounds and if this team has any chance of making another run–they may need a few more strong performances from their center over the next couple of games. The Bulldogs displayed a poor shooting performance (36 percent from the field, 17 percent from three-point range) against the Bison and the argument can be made they should consider themselves lucky for managing to squeak through in this one.
One thing is certain about Butler–and that’s don’t expect them to go very far if they shoot the ball like they did on Thursday.
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