LEXINGTON, Ky. – Butler expects its next NCAA tournament opponent to be tougher than its last.
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs have video to remind them of the task ahead.
Saturday's third-round East Regional game against No. 3 seed Marquette at Rupp Arena is a rematch of November's Maui Invitational showdown, which Butler won 72-71 on Rotnei Clarke's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Both teams have gotten better, but neither would be surprised if this is another tight contest with a berth in the round of 16 at stake.
The Bulldogs (27-8) are coming off Thursday's 68-56 victory over Bucknell, where they rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 10 minutes. Falling behind is something Butler must avoid against Marquette (24-8), which rallied for a stunning 59-58 victory against Davidson behind guard Vander Blue.