Wildcats streak lasted 26 consecutive games
For the first time in eight tries dating back over 20 years, Butler has finally beaten Villanova. The final score at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse was 66-58 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Jalen Brunson led all scorers for Villanova with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting in a losing cause. Kethan Savage and Andrew Chrabascz each had 13 to pace Butler.
The team stats were nearly identical, even with Butler hitting all 15 of their free throw attempts. Villanova was nearly perfect at 14 for 17. Butler made four more field goals in the same number of attempts (23 of 51, as opposed to a paltry 19 for 51 in the case of Villanova).
And this game took place just four days after Villanova ended Creighton’s dream of going undefeated in a great game in Nebraska.
Consider also, that when Virginia won at Louisville, then Louisville turned around and knocked off Indiana in Indianapolis–the Hoosiers have been reeling after losing on Tuesday night to Wisconsin. They picked a really bad time to lose.
Grayson Allen returns to Duke
A one-game suspension was all that Grayson Allen needed to think things over. Sure hope his play does not resemble that of Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, circa 1996 through 1998.
Focusing on the bigger, more complex game we all call life
And make sure we all please send our prayers to Basketball Hall of Fame Duke Coach Mike Kryzewski, as he prepares to undergo back surgery this coming Friday to remove a herniated disk. Recovery time is roughly four weeks, according to doctors at the Duke University Medical Center.
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