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LEXINGTON, KY – His point might have seemed slightly naive on Sunday afternoon, but Brad Stevens was determined to stick with it.
“It’s such a long road. I have no idea whose outside our four teams in that pod,” said the Butler coach when it was pointed out to him that his Bulldogs beat three teams in the East Region. ” I don’t remember who is in the bracket, I don’t care who is in the bracket.
“You’ve got to beat a really good Bucknell team.”
He was referring to his team’s first opponent, the 11th-seeded Bison. That comment was legitimized four days later at Rupp Arena in two ways.
For one sixth-seed Butler got all they could handle from the “really good” Bison team over 40 minutes in their second round game in Lexington. At the same time it appears his team heeded the warning as they used a strong run at the end of the game to win 68-56 and advance to third round of the NCAA Tournament.
They will face third-seeded Marquette in the second round after the Golden Eagles rallied from four points down with 30 seconds left to beat Davidson 59-58.
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Rotnei Clarked scored a team-high 17 points and helped the Bulldogs to 47 second half points and gave Butler the lead for good with a three-pointer with 8:46 to play. From then on the Bulldogs finished the game on a 32-19 run for their third consecutive NCAA Tournament opening win dating back to 2010.