INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick thoughts at the half.
Tremendous. Loved it. I was hoping we would have a first half just like that.
What I loved was seeing players like Avery Jukes that weren’t supposed to shine, come out of nowhere to be a major factor. Who had Jukes making two 3s? Jukes led the Bulldogs with 10 points. No way did anyone have that on the early scorecard.
Zach Hahn played sensational off the bench as he distributed, came up with a deflection and had great stage presence.
Duke's big three had their moments as expected, with Kyle Singler scoring nine points by making big buckets at the right times. Nolan Smith, as he has all season, bailed out a few possessions, and Jon Scheyer scored in the mid-range.
The Bulldogs were down one at the half and Gordon Hayward scored only four points and was 2-of-7. He did have seven rebounds, though.
No one had Butler getting 12 offensive rebounds with Duke having only three and outrebounding Duke 24-17.
The crowd has been sensational so far. Just hope they can stay in the game and we get a final-possession-type affair.
Butler has to believe now it can win.