Cinderella decided to stick around for one more game this season.
The Butler Bulldogs, in the midst of doing the almost impossible as it is, defeated the Michigan State Spartans 52-50 in what was a very tight, defensive game. Butler took advantage of 18 Spartan turnovers, foul trouble for Draymond Green and the absence of Kalin Lucas, who was injured in the Maryland game. The Bulldogs also had to cope with the loss of Shelvin Mack in the second half.
Butler’s biggest challenge, however, is yet to come, as they try to win the NCAA Championship on Monday night, against the Duke Blue Devils.
Duke was hardly challenged as they led West Virginia from the start of the game. The Mountaineers seemed to have trouble getting their offense going Saturday night. Da’Sean Butler scored 10 points before leaving the game with a gruesome knee injury. Kyle Singler had a lot to do with limiting Butler, while also scoring 21 points in Duke’s 78-57 win.
This sets up a very intriguing matchup on Monday night, when Butler will try to become a very improbable champion, while Duke will try to get its first title since 2001. Butler will try to use defense. Duke will play defense and shoot the three. Who do you think will win?