The Butler Bulldogs surged over the Xavier Musketeers in the final five minutes of the game to notch the 88-79 victory at the Cintas Center.
Do you understand what this means?!
The Bulldogs completed the season sweep of both Villanova and Xavier and locked up the #2 seed in the Big East. THIS IS NOT A DRILL PEOPLE.
Y’all picked the Dawgs to finish 6th in the Big East, and they are 100 percent owed an apology honestly.
In the first half, neither team gave the other much breathing room. Both teams were shooting very well from the field; Butler shooting 51 percent and Xavier shooting 48 percent.
The most important play of the half came at the buzzer, a Kamar Baldwin long 2-pointer to give the Bulldogs the one point advantage going into the locker room.
BUZZER BEATER— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) February 26, 2017
Baldwin knocks it down for @ButlerMBB to cap a WILD first half on @FS1. #MarchToMSG pic.twitter.com/VVPBKc53ci
Kelan Martin was back to old form (THANK GOD) with 12 points and three rebounds in the first half, and Trevon Bluiett led the Musketeers with nine points and three rebounds.
The second half proved to be much of the same with the game tied at 71 apiece with 5:25 left to play.
Then, Kethan Savage and Baldwin happened. Savage had three steals and Baldwin had one, all of which turned into Butler points on the other side. Baldwin ended the game with five steals and Savage had four.
Xavier was not able to dig out of that late turnover hole, giving them their fifth straight loss. I still think the real loser today was those Xavier throwback uniforms. Who had to hurt you in the ‘90s to think those were okay?
Anywho, the Musketeers were led today by Bluiett with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. J.P. Macura also notched 16 points, three rebounds and three assists.
But the important thing to understand from today’s game is that KELAN MARTIN IS STILL BACK! He ended the game with 25 points and seven rebounds. Baldwin also continues to act the opposite of a true freshman with 17 points and five rebounds.