NCAA Tournament Preview: #4 Butler vs #13 Winthrop
March 16th at 1:30, TNT
March Preview: Butler Bulldogs
March Preview: Winthrop Eagles
Player to Watch: Kelan Martin (16.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG)
Martin has been the Dawgs’ leading scorer all season and has come up big against tournament-caliber teams. In their win
The Dawgs are knocked out of the Big East Tournament by a recovering Xavier team in the second round. The 2 seeded Bulldogs end a stellar conference season, in a slightly disappointing fashion, but turn their eyes towards the real prize: the NCAA championship.
Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett carried the load for
Butler takes on Xavier in Madison Square Garden for their first game of the Big East Tournament at 7 ET. This is the third meeting of the season for these two conference rivals. Butler won both of those matchups. Will this game be the same old, same old, for the
The Jacks are dancing for the fourth time in program history, but are still looking for their first ever tournament win. They finished sixth in their conference but went on to win the Summit League to get to the big dance. Will their upsets continue in the coming weeks?
Mount St. Mary’s makes the tourney as one of the few teams that had less than twenty wins this season. That being said they played some pretty tough non-conference opponents. Over the season they went on an eight game winning streak and an eight game losing streak. Could this be
Northern Kentucky swept through the Horizon league tournament to give the school their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. An impressive feat, considering that less than five years ago they were a D-II program.
Northern Kentucky is a very solid rebounding team. Lead by scoring forward Drew McDonald (averaging 7.7 rebounds
Iona is back for the second straight year and is looking for their second ever tournament win, or maybe a couple, or maybe they could go all the way? They had 22 wins during the regular season, and won their last three before going all the way in the MAAC
The Seahawks have made the tournament back to back years now. Last year they lost to a tough Duke team in the first round. Will this year be a different story?
UNC Wilmington is a versatile team when it comes to scoring the basketball. They have four players averaging over 12
The Bucs are back for their first tournament since 2010. They have made the tournament nine times but have never strung together a pair of wins. Could this year be the year?
The Bucs have a great backcourt duo in T.J. Cromer and Desonta Bradford. The two combine for an average
Jacksonville State is dancing baby! The Gamecocks punched their ticket for the first time in program history (!) by being an underdog turned champion in the Ohio Valley Conference and are looking to cause some upsets.
The Gamecocks have some players who rain from deep. Their top three scorers
Winthrop has had an exciting 26-6 regular season and is lead by the 10th highest scorer in all of college basketball, senior guard Keon Johnson, who averages nearly 23 points per game. This year they enter the big dance looking for just their second tournament win ever- but could they
Florida Gulf Coast shocked the world when they made their first ever tournament in 2013 and beat a strong Georgetown team with their entertaining style of play that earned them the title of ‘Dunk City’. The Eagles are back after winning their third ASUN championship in five years and looking
The Mustangs have been one of the surprise teams to enter and stay in the top 25 of college basketball this year, after having their season start with tough losses to unranked Michigan, USC, and Boise State. Since then they have gone on two separate 10 game winning streaks and
Cincinnati has quietly had one of the best records in college basketball all year, with very few bad losses and three wins against ranked opponents. They have been a very consistent team, and will be making their seventh straight tournament appearance. The Bearcats haven’t won it all in over 50
The Gamecocks are heading for just their 9th ever tournament appearance after one of the best regular seasons in recent memory. This is their first trip to the Big Dance since 2004. Look out, because this team will definitely trying to be making some noise this year.
Rebounding has been huge
The Dawgs add another big road win to their regular season schedule as they take the W over rival Xavier in Cincinnati. In what turned out to be a tight game with tons of lead changes, Butler pulled it out in the end.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by Kelan Martin,