NCAA Tournament Watch Guide, Day 2: Second Verse, Same As The First?


The Hogs then won two games in the SEC tournament before losing to Tennessee in the semifinals.

Butler picked the wrong team to jump on with a fast-and-furious 21-2 lead in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament Friday at Little Caesars Arena.

Jordan and Martin both knew the Bulldogs (20-13) needed more than just big numbers to be successful this season.

Tony Hinkle, for whom the Bulldogs' venerable Arena was changed from Butler Arena to Hinkle Arena, was in his sixth of 41 years coaching Butler when the Bulldogs bested Charles Bassett's Razorbacks, 37-21 on January 2, 1931, at Butler Arena.

Kamar Baldwin finished with 24 points, nine boards and five assists while Kelan Martin added 27 points of his own as No. 10 seed Butler found a way to turn a rout into an exciting basketball game.

Up front, Arkansas starts 6-11 freshman sensation Daniel Gafford, of El Dorado, vaulting towards one-and-done National Basketball Association projections for his ability to run the floor and block shots.

Gafford, a 6-11 freshman from El Dorado, figured to give the Razorbacks an advantage inside with the size and athleticism that have made him a projected first-round pick in the NBA Draft. He has 73 blocks for the season, while averaging 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds.

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Arkansas is the no. 7 seed, while the Butler Bulldogs are 1.5 point favorites as the no. 12 seed according to Las Vegas. "So, I came in there and brought energy and brought us back in the game".

"But I thought he played with his heart".

The Butler guards not only pass it and handle it well but Baldwin and Jorgensen join Martin as 3-point scoring threats. Anderson will look to 6-7 sophomore Adrio Bailey, 6-8 senior Arlando Cook, 6-8 freshman Gabe Osabuohien and even 6-6 freshman Darious Hall. "I told them we have to compete better in practice".

"We're not just going to the dance", Anderson said Sunday upon announcement of the pairings. "We've just got to stay focused and locked in". Butler only knocks off Purdue if they take advantage of Haas' absence inside and defend the perimeter like they did against Arkansas. That's the bright lights, big stage, so we shouldn't be shy going up to Detroit for that match-up. Macon - a 42.9 percent three-pointer shooter - was 1 of 6. "They made shots - made tough shots - and we just didn't execute on either end of the floor". We had some outstanding performances and guys coming off the bench. But I thought the killer was when those offensive rebounds or rebounds that we had on our hands, they were able to get those. Things could've unraveled after Araknsas' runs, but the Bulldogs kept their composure and grinded out the win.

Arkansas, after trailing by 19 points in the first half, used a 16-0 run to take a 29-27 lead. Jordan said the past is the past, but it doesn't hurt when you have players that have been in big moments before.

"I thought our guys just had a really good response when they came back to the huddle". "I don't think they exerted as much energy as we did".

Jaylen Barford (15 points) and Daryl Macon (12 points) were Arkansas's only double-digit scorers, as no one else scored over seven points.