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2017 Schedule
25-8, 2nd in Big East
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FiveThirtyEight: Don't count out Butler

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, Butler's got a puncher's chance to reach the Final Four from the stacked South Region. The Bulldogs' chances to win it all, however, are slim.

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ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

Why you should be excited about the Sweet 16 (1:13)
Holtmann's Bulldogs believes it can compete with the best of the best (3:18)

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West Virginia has shot 52.0 percent from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament, best of any team that has played at least two games.

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North Carolina is winless in both its games vs. Butler over the last five seasons. The Bulldogs have held the Tar Heels to less PPG, efficiency and offensive rebound percentage than all other opponents combined.

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Assessing Sweet 16 coaches: Chris Holtmann

No team takes care of the basketball quite as well as Chris Holtmann's. That said, his squad is closer to average than elite when it comes to defense.

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Reseeding the Sweet 16: Butler has a lot to prove

Butler has a pair of wins over Villanova this year, and beat a 13 and a 12 seed on their way to the Sweet 16. The Bulldogs are going to have to take a step up in class against a top seed North Carolina.


Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler's Tyler Lewis talks about what it means to make the Sweet 16 and why his team simply wasn't going to lose to Middle Tennessee. Lewis sank five key free throws down the stretch to help Butler to a 74-65 victory.


Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler guard Avery Woodson, who transferred from Memphis, gets an opportunity to return to Memphis now that the Bulldogs have reached the Sweet 16 in the South Region. He called the moment special and said there won't be enough tickets for his family.


Butler beats MTSU to get back to Sweet 16

Kelan Martin scored 19 points, and Butler limited Middle Tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 win Saturday night to advance to the Sweet 16.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

In terms of upward programmatic mobility in the current century, it's very difficult to beat Butler's body of work. The Bulldogs have achieved both tournament success and the jump into the major-conference ranks. Now Chris Holtmann has BU in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. At this rate of ascent, Butler will be in the NBA by 2019.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Chris Holtmann has Butler in the Sweet 16. Not sure whether Indiana gets Steve Alford, but if not Fred Glass should take a hard look at the guy down the road.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler beats Middle Tennessee State 74-65. The ViewFromVegas is the Bulldogs also covered as 2.5-point favorites. MTSU was a popular underdog play by bettors in Vegas as the line dropped from Butler -4.5 to -2.5. The game stayed just under the average closing total of 139.5 points as MTSU missed its final shot and then didn't foul Butler in the last 26 seconds.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler is back in the Sweet 16. And if the Bulldogs continue playing this well, there's no reason they can't make another run to the Final Four. No. 4 seed Butler outlasted No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee 74-65 in Milwaukee, showcasing tremendous balance and versatility. The Bulldogs withstood a furious late-game rally after the Blue Raiders cut their deficit from 12 to three points. Butler last made the Sweet 16 in 2011, when it reached its second straight national championship game. It's a different team with a different coach now, but this group is battle-tested and capable of producing a big tournament.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler has been holding Middle Tennessee at bay for most of this game. The Bulldogs have shredded the Blue Raiders' half-court trap for a couple of easy buckets. MTSU has to string together a few stops now to have a chance at the upset.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle Tennessee made a nice run late in the first half to come back from a 13-point deficit. Butler entered halftime leading 36-31, but the Blue Raiders have to feel good about this being a two-possession game. Middle Tennessee's half-court trapping defense can be difficult to deal with and could provide a spark in the second half.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler buried all four of its 3-point attempts in the first 10 minutes of the opening half to seize early control against Middle Tennessee. This Bulldogs team is so versatile and has playmaking guards who can also get to the rim. The Blue Raiders' biggest advantage will have to be their frontcourt.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

We are underway for No. 4 seed Butler against No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee in Milwaukee. Butler hasn't reached a Sweet 16 since 2011, while Middle Tennessee has never advanced to the Sweet 16.

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.2108th
Rebounds Per Game32.2325th
Assists Per Game13.3188th
Points Allowed68.2Tied-74th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record21-14
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances14