The Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team did enough in the regular season to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, but they still want to gain some momentum entering the tournament. Getting a win or two in the Big East tournament will give Butler this momentum while also increasing their chances of winning a national title. Butler’s first game in the Big East tournament took place on Thursday, March 8, when they played the Seton Hall Pirates.
Butler and Seton Hall are both great basketball teams, so this game was expected to be extremely close. The result of the first half was completely unexpected. Despite shooting well and limiting turnovers, Butler was down eight points entering halftime. The Bulldogs did not get discouraged, and they slowly started to get back into the game in the second half.
It only took a few minutes for Butler to make it a one-possession game, but it took them nearly 17 minutes to tie the game. The game remained tied with one minute to play until Henry Bradley hit a layup to give Butler their first lead of the second half. Seton Hall regained the lead with 12 seconds left on the clock. The Bulldogs looked doomed after they missed the go-ahead shot, but Tyler Wideman secured the offensive rebound and successfully scored to give Butler the 75-74 victory.
Butler can add another impressive win to their resume when they play the Villanova Wildcats in the semifinals of the Big East tournament on Friday, March 9.