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And Another Thing


Ugly, and it's beautiful

Well, we're at halftime down in Houston, and here's beauty of it all: This game's uglier than the south end of a northbound Clydesdale.

Which, of course, is lovely for Butler.

The Bulldogs thrive on unsightly basketball, so this is a good sign. The score (41 total points) favors them. The putrid shooting percentages (6 of 27 for Butler; 9 of 31 for UConn) favor them. The fact that this is a grinding, halfcourt game favors them.

Here's the deal with Butler: No one plays better when they're playing lousy than the Bulldogs, because they're a lockdown defensive team and when they're struggling they tend to lock it down all the more. So, no surprise that the only statistical area they're winning is turnovers (they've got three, UConn has seven).

Shelvin Mack's walkoff three to give Butler the lead was big. How big, we shall see.

Ben Smith's blog.