Butler was doing the things against Marquette that usually turn out well for the Bulldogs.
They made outside shots, played good defense and made few mistakes. Most importantly, Butler had created a final opportunity to win a close game and seemed to have the right play designed to do it.
But the Bulldogs couldn't even get a good look in the final seconds, leaving them with 74-72 loss that knocked them from the NCAA tournament on Saturday night.
Andrew Smith took an off-balance 3 from up top that was way off, slamming into the backboard and setting off another Marquette celebration.
''We were trying to get a look for a 3,'' Butler guard Alex Barlow said of the final shot. ''If that wasn't open, we had options off of that. Marquette did a great job guarding it and unfortunately Andrew was unable to make the shot.''
Then again, a lot of things didn't go as planned in a game that seemed to be following the Bulldogs' plan for 20 minutes. A defense that held Marquette to just 7 of 27...