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2017 Schedule
25-8, 2nd in Big East
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Make-or-break player: Avery Woodson

Woodson is only Butler's fourth-leading scorer, but he takes the pressure off others when he's knocking down 3-point shots.

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What you need to know about Friday's Sweet 16 games

Whose freshman will star: Kentucky's or UCLA's? How can Butler stay with UNC? Can South Carolina disrupt Baylor? What's the key matchup for Wisconsin vs. Florida? It's time for answers.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams on Joel Berry II: "He does look better. ... He's still not Joel yet."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams on Andrew Chrabascz: "Pronounce his name for me again because I've heard it 14 different ways. .... Can I call him Andrew?"


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Roy Williams: "I think the ACC is still the best league."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II on ACC's big losses in the early rounds and the criticism that followed: "That's why they call it March Madness. Anything can happen. Just some teams didn't have their best game. ..... I still think we have the best teams in the nation. It just didn't go their way."


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II says he's "close to 100 percent" entering Friday's game.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis transfer Avery Woodson said he missed Butler's first recruiting call. He had more important things to do. "I saw the area code and thought it might be Butler," he said. "But I was fishing. I wasn't gonna answer." When asked to compare Memphis to Butler, he said he couldn't because they're too different "like barbecue compared to Olive Garden."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Chrabascz says Butler's guards will play a huge role in their team's ability to keep North Carolina off the offensive glass. Says they have to rebound and play aggressively.


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Chrabascz on facing North Carolina's front court ....

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Holtmann joked about the difference between him and Roy Williams: "Between the two of us, I think we have 8 Final Fours, two national championships ... and about 900 wins."


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Holtmann on Kelan Martin's growth .....

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Holtmann on Andrew Chrabascz: Says he's undersized for tomorrow's matchup against North Carolina but makes up for it with his high IQ and tenacity.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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Butler Blue III here in Memphis. Ready to go.

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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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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)

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

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