INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick thoughts from the first half of Duke-Butler.
Butler held a 20-18 lead with 7:54 left in the first half.
The crowd is pro-Butler, much more so than Saturday night. So far I’d give this an A for atmosphere. It has lived up to the hype of having a homecourt advantage.
Love how aggressive Matt Howard was in trying to score, draw fouls and get rebounds. But he really struggled to finish at the hoop and at the free-throw line.
Shelvin Mack is one of the elite guards in the country. We should have all seen that when he played for a gold medal last summer for the Under-19 USA team. Mack took over the game for a few possessions to rescue Butler from getting too far behind.
Lance Thomas got into early foul trouble with two. That’s OK since Duke’s depth inside is its best.
We can only hope it stays close for the final 32 minutes.