Saturday, April 3, 2010
Final: Butler 52, Michigan State 50
By Andy Katz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick thoughts on Butler’s historic win over Michigan State:
I love how calm and cool Butler coach Brad Stevens was when he walked over to shake hands with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. He had his left hand in his pocket like he was going for a Sunday stroll.
How many other teams bring the dog and have it sit on the court after a big win like this?
Butler won this game with Shelvin Mack dealing with cramps for most of the 40 minutes, going in and out of the lineup.
The biggest play of the game had to be Shawn Vanzant getting an offensive rebound and feeding Gordon Hayward for a bucket, giving the Bulldogs a 50-46 lead with 1:36 to play. Butler struggled most of the game to get offensive rebounds.
Michigan State never got its offense going after quick 3s by Korie Lucious to start the game.
Michigan State was fortunate to get to the Final Four without Kalin Lucas. Great ending for the Spartans as once again Tom Izzo does a phenomenal job.
Ronald Nored made a huge steal late in the game and two key free throws. Butler did what it needed to do at the line to finish this game.
How about the Horizon League? This will do wonders for its national profile.
Sure the game was dull at times, a defensive grind, but it still had drama at the end. That’s fine. I never thought it would be a highlight-reel contest.
Hayward is a stud who will be a high pick in the NBA draft.
Butler is playing for the national title and it's no fluke.