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Portland State vs. Butler 2017 PK80: Time, TV channel, live stream, game preview

Butler looks to bounce back against the Vikings.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional Practice Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

RANKINGS: Portland State (#212 KenPom) | Butler (#54 KenPom)

RECORDS: Portland State (4-1) | Butler (3-2)

TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET

TV CHANNEL: ESPNU

WATCH ONLINE: WatchESPN


Kelan Martin does not tweet often. In fact, he has tweeted just three times in the past month. His most recent tweet was this one from Thursday night:

The tweet followed a very poor offensive performance by the Bulldogs – and especially Martin – in which they lost to Texas 61-48. Martin’s tweet is reminiscent of a tweet from former Butler forward Andrew Chrabascz after a tough loss in 2016:

Martin’s tweet is timely as was Chrabascz’s. With a new coaching staff, significant roster turnover and a couple of early losses, an early panic threatens to set in among the Butler faithful. Martin, however, seems optimistic.

The 2015-16 team bounced back shortly after the tweet from Chrabascz and went on to make the NCAA tournament, advancing to the second round. This year’s Bulldogs will attempt to bounce back as well, starting tomorrow against Portland State.

The Vikings are coming off a tough loss to Duke. Portland State played an inspired first half, and actually led by four at the break, but eventually fell to the superior Blue Devils. The 99-81 game could not have been less similar to the defensive grind played by Butler and Texas.

Butler hopes to have a better shooting performance and put away Portland State to prepare for what will surely be a tougher opponent in the final round of PK80 games on Sunday.