Butler Bulldogs Stun Florida Gators and Head to Houston
After defeating No. 2 seed Florida on Saturday, the Butler Bulldogs are headed to Houston for the Final Four. The No. 11 seed Butler (27-9), found a way to stay in the NCAA Tournament despite foul troubles, injuries, and double digit deficits.
"Unbelieveable! It's just been crazy. It's just been a wild ride," Butler's 6'11 center, Andrew Smith said.
Butler looked unconcerned despite trailing with 10 to go in regulation. They made a furious comeback and forced an overtime on a Matt Howard free throw to beat the Florida Gators 74-71 in overtime. "What we feared ended up beating us. Loose balls and rebounds. No X's and O's involved." Florida assissant Larry Shyatt said.
Having a horrific possession, Florida did not start their offense until under four seconds remaining and had to settle for a flat 3- point attempt by Walker, who had a miserable game, to send it into overtime. Butler coach, Brad Stevens then inserted Chrishawn Hopkins with 8:26 left to play in regulation, after seeing his team was trailing by 9 points. The little- used guard had an assist and a 3- pointer on his own in his only shot.
"Truthfully, I cant even explain it. We are not done yet," Hopkins said.
The Butler Bulldogs will play the VCU Rams on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm ET on CBS.