Halftime: Duke 33, Butler 32

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.