NCAA Tournament: Butler Shocks Pittsburgh, 71-70, In This March's Maddest Game Yet

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NCAA Bracket Update: Butler Stuns Pittsburgh On Matt Howard's Free Throw In Wild Finish

The No. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs have defeated No. 1 seed Pittsburgh, 71-70, in a stunning ending in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. After a buzzer beater and multiple fouls, Matt Howard sunk a free throw with under a second remaining after he was fouled on a rebound. The game, truly, epitomized March Madness.

Howard was fouled by Nasir Robinson on a free throw rebound after Gilbert Brown was fouled by Shawn Vanzant with 1.4 seconds remaining. Brown hit the first to tie the game, then missed the second. Butler had taken the lead on a layup by Andrew Smith with 2.2 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs advance to face the winner of Kansas State Vs. Wisconsin. The Panthers have to wonder what possibly happened to lose that game. 

Here is an updated look at the Southeast Region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.


No. 8 Butler def. No. 1 Pittsburgh, 71-70; will face winner of Kansas State/Wisconsin

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Kansas State, Saturday, March 19, 8:40 p.m.

No. 3 BYU vs. No. 11 Gonzaga, Saturday, March 19, 7:45 p.m.

No. 2 Florida def. No. 7 UCLA, 73-65; will face BYU/Gonzaga winner


No. 1 Pittsburgh def. No. 16 UNC-Asheville, 74-51

No. 8 Butler def. No. 9 Old Dominion, 60-58

No. 5 Kansas State def. No. 12 Utah State, 73-68

No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 13 Belmont, 72-58

No. 11 Gonzaga def. No. 6 St. John's, 86-71

No. 3 BYU def. No. 14 Wofford, 74-66

No. 7 UCLA def. No. 10 Michigan State, 78-76

No. 2 Florida def. No. 15 UC-Santa Barbara, 79-51

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.


NCAA Tournament Update: Butler Taking It To No. 1 Pittsburgh At Halftime

No. 1 seed Pittsburgh shouldn't have expected No. 8 seed Butler to roll over in their third-round NCAA Tournament matchup, but I'm not sure they expected the dogfight they have received. Butler raced ahead to a double-digit lead, and lead the Panthers 38-30 at halftime in Washington D.C.

Butler took a 30-18 lead at one point, but Pittsburgh scored nine straight points to get back into the game. From there, though, the Bulldogs went on an 8-1 run to reestablish the eight-point lead. 

Shelvin Mack continues to be on fire for the Bulldogs, scoring 16 first-half points while knocking down four three-pointers. Ashton Gibbs and Gilbert Brown countered for Pittsburgh with nine points apiece on a combined 8-10 shooting. The Panthers need to guard the three-point line, though, having already surrendered eight three-pointers.

Follow along with our Pittsburgh blog, Cardiac Hill.

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket... the full March Madness schedule.


NCAA Bracket 2011: No. 1 Pittsburgh Vs. No. 8 Butler

The top seed in the Southwest Regional meets last year's Cinderella in one of the more intriguing Third Round matchups in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket: No. 1 Pittsburgh takes on No. 8 Butler on Saturday, in a game that we can see — thanks to our updated 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule — will tip from Washington, D.C. on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. Eastern.

Pittsburgh rolled over UNC Asheville in its Second Round game, burying the Bulldogs on the boards by compiling a 44-24 advantage in rebounding. Ashton Gibbs continued a late season hot streak by sinking six threes and pouring in 26 points to lead all scorers. The inside-outside combination Gibbs and forwards Gilbert Brown and Gary McGhee can create could be very hard for Butler to handle.

Meanwhile, the Horizon League champions are looking to follow their magnificent 2010 run with a huge Third Round upset. The Bulldogs needed a buzzer-beating tip-in from Matt Howard to top Old Dominion, but kept pace with the rugged Colonials on the boards. If they can do the same against a Pitt team that can do even more damage on second chances, Brad Stevens' squad might pull another upset.

Star Watch: Butler's Shelvin Mack won't be asked to do all the defending on Gibbs — stopper Ronald Nored will presumably draw that assignment — but he may have to keep up with the Panthers star in the points column. Mack had 15 points against Old Dominion; that might not be enough to get to the Sweet Sixteen.

Prediction: The undermanned Bulldogs summon some of the resolve that has gotten them a 6-1 NCAA Tournament record since 2010, but can't quite get over the hump against a Pitt team with much more talent in a 61-54 rock fight..

More Reading: SB Nation's Pittsburgh blog Cardiac Hill has plenty on the Panthers, while has more San Diego State insights, while SB Nation Indiana is your spot for Butler fan reactions news.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East Region, West Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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