2:40 PM ET, March 21, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Turns out Da'Sean Butler's familiarity with pressure trumped whatever defense Missouri could muster against West Virginia and their star player.Butler, who has six game-winning baskets already this season, played his best during the first 20 minutes for the second-seeded Mountaineers on Sunday.That's when he scored 19 of his 28 points in leading the Big East Conference champions to a 68-59 victory over the 10th-seeded Tigers in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
• West Virginia took the nine point win over Missouri to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years and fourth time in six years.
• The Mountaineers have won eight straight games overall, their longest winning streak since starting the season 11-0.
• After scoring just nine points in the first round against Morgan State, Da'Sean Butler led West Virginia with a game-high 28 points.
• Missouri's pressure defense was not a problem as West Virginia had only 10 turnovers, the fewest against the Tigers this season.
• West Virginia will face Washington on Thursday in the Sweet 16.
-- ESPN research
NCAA Mens Tournament
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 21: Kim English #24 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after a call while playing against the West...(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-61 (.328)||19-47 (.404)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-21 (.333)||5-15 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-20 (.600)||25-33 (.758)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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