Butler wasted no time bringing us the first dramatic finish of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Despite charging all the way to the National Championship game last year, the Bulldogs were given little respect heading into their matchup with No. 9 seed Old Dominion. In fact, a couple of analysts picked Old Dominion as one of their teams to watch for this year’s tourney.
Butler put that talk to rest when they defeated Old Dominion, 60-58, Thursday afternoon on a last-second layup with the scored tied at 58-all. Here’s the Matt Howard buzzer-beater layup video, courtesy of Mocksession:
We see that play so often in college basketball. Old Dominion played perfect defense on the Bulldogs, but they forgot to box out. Give Howard credit for getting the ball out of his hand quick enough to beat the clock. Can Butler make another historic run? Probably not.