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The buzzer beating thrillers have not seemed to swing in Butler basketball’s direction this season.
At the very beginning of the season, the Butler Bulldogs gathered five wins in five games before losing two close games to Louisiana State and No. 5 Oklahoma State. Against Oklahoma State, the Bulldogs lost by two, while Louisiana State collected their overtime victory by two, as well.
Following the Old Spice Classic 1-2 finish, the Bulldogs went on another five-game winning streak, defeating Indiana-foe – Purdue University at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse as part of the Indiana Crossroads Classic – in the mix.
An impressive 10-2 record rested on the shoulders of the squad, storming into the Big East Conference play. The Bulldogs knew they would have tough competition.
No. 11 Villanova University entered Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. with expectations to put away Butler early. Key starter Roosevelt Jones out for the season with a...