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2016 Schedule
22-11, 4th in Big East
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Champ Nova to open Gavitt Games vs. Purdue

The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis grad transfer Avery Woodson tells ESPN he just committed to Butler. Immediately eligible. 9.6 PPG.


2017 Bracketology: No. 9 Seeds

  • East: Butler Bulldogs
  • West: Vanderbilt Commodores
  • South: Cincinnati Bearcats
  • Midwest: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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Brad Stevens wants to watch NCAA tourney as a fan not a coach (2:28)
Stevens: Butler teams were so connected (2:34)
Gill: 'We'll enjoy for a little bit, then move on' (1:01)
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Virginia goes to bench to make run

Like a dramatic win over Pittsburgh in 2011, Butler is looking for another big win vs. a 1-seed in the second round. But Cavaliers sub Marial Shayok has 7 big points off the bench to erase a Butler lead. Follow live

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

After Andrew Chrabascz scored 12 straight for Butler, Virginia moved ACC Defensive Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon to guard him. Chrabascz has already set new season-high with 19 points and has made a career-best four 3-pointers.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Chrabascz leads Butler with 12 points into halftime. That is not a misprint & yes his last name is spelled correctly. UVa has chosen so far not to double Chrabascz on the post and risk leaving shooters like Dunham open on the perimeter. Dunham & Martin, normally the Bulldogs leading scorers, have combined for 4 points on 2-6 FG

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler leading scorer Kellen Dunham has only attempted one shot so far. Doesn't seem to be hunting his shot aggressively enough, UVa certainly not going to make it easy for him.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Applause from fans in Raleigh after Indiana-Kentucky feed shown on scoreboard. Butler fans happy for IU, some North Carolina fans possibly hating on UK. Hoosiers will face winner of Carolina-Providence in Sweet 16.

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Virginia can't separate from Bulldogs

Andrew Chrabascz had 13 points in the tournament opener vs. Texas Tech and he's started out hot today scoring six of Butler's first 11 points. Follow live

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia thankful Mike Tobey using his height advantage inside, otherwise Malcolm Brogdon would be the only player who has scored. The rest of the team not named Tobey or Brogdon have combined for 0-6 FG.

ESPN Stats & Information

Second Round: Butler (9) vs. Virginia (1)

Virginia has reached the Sweet 16 in each of its previous four tournaments as a 1-seed, but the Cavaliers lost in the round of 32 last season as a 2-seed. Butler seeks its first Sweet 16 appearance since reaching the 2011 national title game. Preview

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia and Butler about to tip from Raleigh. Cavaliers looking for their second Sweet 16 appearance in last three seasons with a win. Bulldogs haven't made it to Sweet 16 since its run to national title game in 2011.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Bennett recalled making the game-winning shot at Butler while playing for his dad at UW-Green Bay: "I remember looking at my dad like, 'You want me to call timeout?' He gave me the look like, go ahead son." Bennett said he pulled up from about 25 feet, which he thinks surprised the player who was defending him, and made the shot with a few seconds left.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Bennett on Butler guard Roosevelt Jones: "He's like a power point guard... we've played against some big guards but he's really unique."

Team Stats

Points Per Game70.0
Rebounds Per Game28.0
Assists Per Game11.5
Points Allowed69.0Tied-40th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record21-14
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances14