Sunday, March 20, 2011

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: A Quick Recap of Pittsburgh & Butler

by Ray Floriani

LYNDHURST, NJ- In probably the day, and night's, most discussed game, Butler upset Pittsburgh 71-70. Actually most of the discussion centered on two fouls, one by the Bulldogs then Pitt, all in the last two seconds. The numbers:


* One of those rare, win the efficiency battle lose the game, contests. That alone and an incredible full moon was probably telling us something. Both teams were very efficient on the offensive end. Butler's eFG mark was 58% (largely aided by 12 of 27 from three), Pitt burned the nets at 63%. The Bulldogs had a 10% TO rate while Pitt was just 14%. The Panthers did enjoy a 5-4 edge in offensive rebounding. But in this one it seemed like there were not a great deal of missed shots to rebound. Butler's Shelvin Mack, almost the 'goat' for fouling with 1.4 seconds left and fifty something feet from the basket, will be rightfully remembered for an outstanding 30 point effort on 7 of 12 from downtown.

Yours truly with the Butler mascot in December.
The mascot has been denied entrance to tournament games by the NCAA.
Regardless, Butler continues to move on.

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