Undefeated no more— Butler sends No. 1 Villanova home upset

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Butler came out with hot hands against Villanova Saturday. The Bulldogs’ outstanding 3-pt shooting put them ahead of the undefeated Wildcats at the half. Butler stormed out of the locker room with nonstop hustle that put them ahead by 23 points in the second half. A matter of minutes later, Butler let up on the Nova squad, allowing them to shrink the gap to 8 points. The Bulldogs put a halt to the Wildcats’ run and sent them home upset, 101-93.

The huge upset had fans storming the court again, and had the fans on their feet for the majority of the game. Hinkle was crazy, and the energy definitely helped the Bulldogs throughout the game. This is the first time since 2014 that Villanova has allowed 100 points. And since 2016 the Wildcats are 44-1 against Big East opponents, besides Butler whom they are 0-3 against. The Bulldogs also assisted 20 of their 36 made shots.

Butler made 15/22 three pointers and out rebounded the Wildcats by 11. An impressive performance, given that the No.1 squad is a lot bigger and more athletic than Butler. The Bulldogs turned the ball over five times in a 6 minute span in the second half as well, but were able to move past that and the 13 total turnovers they had.

Senior Kelan Martin topped the scoreboard with 24 points. Paul Jorgenson put on arguably the biggest show. The redshirt junior put up 23 points, hit 4 of 7 shots from downtown, and recorded 5 boards, 2 assists and a steal. Most impressive, though, was a shot made from behind 30 feet. Kamar Baldwin flirted with a triple double with 19 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.

For Bulldog fans, this was similar to the 2017 January game against Nova, making this the second victory against the Wildcats at Hinkle, and the third victory this calendar year. It’s safe to say Butler fans have given first year head coach Lavall Jordan their seal of approval. Villanova’s Head Coach gave praise to Butler’s basketball program via Twitter Saturday after their first loss of the season.

Looking ahead

Butler is set for another challenge on Tuesday on the road against No. 6 Xavier. Tip-off is set for 7pm EST.

About Will Sifferlen 48 Articles
Hello my name is Will Sifferlen and I’m a Butler basketball journalist. I have also contributed to other websites, and have been following Butler basketball for almost my whole life. I’m also a huge college basketball fan, and watch as many games as I can.

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