Big 12 basketball was all over the place this year. They kept scavenging each other and it made for a fun year. Texas Tech was not expected to survive, but here they are in the NCAA Tournament.
The Big East was top-heavy this year. Butler was expected to compete for the title, but this year’s focus on offense is a little different from other Butler teams that had success in the NCAA Tournament.
Does Butler have another long tournament run in their future?
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Coming into the season, the Texas Tech Red Raiders probably didn’t expect to be in the NCAA Tournament either. They played a cupcake non-conference schedule and then started out 3-7 in the Big 12 conference schedule. They turned things around and beat a legit title contender in Oklahoma and beat ranked teams like Iowa State and Baylor. They then lost to TCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament…so, what’s the deal?
The Butler Bulldogs are an offensive-first team, unlike many of their past Cinderella tournament teams. They are lights-out from deep, but like Texas Tech, they lost in the first round of their conference tournament…so what’s the deal?
This game is hard to predict. It all comes down to Butler’s perimeter shooting. If they are hot, they should win, but if they are off, they could get blown out. I have faith in Butler’s Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones and they will be ready for Texas Tech.
Prediction: #9 Butler Bulldogs
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.