|Posted on March 16, 2018 at 5:25 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Butler Bulldogs may have come in as the lower seed versus the Arkansas Razorbacks, but anyone who has ever watched Butler play knows that you cannot ever count them out of a game, especially during NCAA Tournament time.
They are one of the teams that has brought the term "March Madness" to life over the years and pushed for more nationawide respect of teams outside of the "Power 5" conferences.
In the first half of the opening half, 10th-seeded Butler was ahead 21-2 on 7th-seeded Arkansas, as a result of their 18-0 run.
A 10-0 run by the Razorbacks brought their deficit to nine, 21-12.
Then, with approximately 5:30 left in the first half, Arkansas had cut the Butler lead to four, 27-23, as a result of a dunk by freshman forward Darious Hall.
A three by senior guard Daryl Macon made it a one-point game immediately after, at 27-26.
The Razorbacks would take their first lead of the game courtesy of a three by sophomore guard C.J. Jones.
Butler would respond immediately to tie it at 29, off of a jumper by their sophomore guard Kamar Baldwin.
Then, the Bulldogs somehow blew a 2-on-1 opportunity in transition, with poor passing.
Butler reclaimed the lead shortly after with a layup by senior forward Kelan Martin that brought the game to 31-29 Bulldogs.
Two offensive rebounds on the same possession would run the game clock down and end in a dunk by senior forward Tyler Wideman for the Bulldogs, giving them a 36-31 advantage at the break.
Halfway through the second half in Detroit, Michigan, Butler had-outscored Arkansas by a mere point, 17-16, bringing the score to 53-47 Butler with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
But the Bulldogs would get themselves back ahead by double-digits and eventually end the game with 17 points of separation between themselves and the Razorbacks, 79-62.
Martin led all scorers on both teams combined, with 27 points, going 9-for-16 from the field. Baldwin followed with 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Each had nine rebounds.
Arkansas was led by senior guard Jaylen Barford, who had 15 points.
The victory provides the 10th-seeded Bulldogs with a match-up in the Round of 32 with the 2nd-seeded Purdue Boilermakers here in Detroit.