Butler pushes past Arkansas, sets up date with Purdue

Point guard Kamar Baldwin could be key to Butler's efforts to beat Arkansas pressure defense. AP

Point guard Kamar Baldwin could be key to Butler's efforts to beat Arkansas pressure defense. AP

The Bulldogs used an 18-0 run to build up the big margin.

But that was it for drama.

In its last 11 games, Arkansas has held double-digit leads in nine of those contests.

Though the favored seed, it seems Arkansas is less apt to look beyond to Sunday's second round for Friday's survivor than does Butler. Even without Haas, Purdue will be a big hurdle for the Bulldogs to get into the Sweet 16.

Butler's team motto this season personifies a group that has flown under the radar all year but reached its fourth straight NCAA Tournament despite a head coaching change in June. The 2001 win was 79-63.

It didn't help matters that Butler won the rebounding battle by 20, with the Bulldogs grabbing 11 offensive rebounds in the process.

The Bulldogs (21-13) raced to a 21-2 lead in the opening minutes.

"It was a insane start, " reserve center Nate Fowler said.

Between playing seven SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament plus nonconference playing NCAA Tournament teams Bucknell, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Houston, the Razorbacks went 8-8 against 11 teams in the field of 68 deciding the national championship. That game will take place on Sunday.

"We've been working on this all year", Beard said.

"We're going to make a run in this tournament. All those runs in previous games led us to now, and we are ready for the moment".

Razorbacks Coach Mike Anderson said after the the game that he expected Berry would either be called for a charge or for traveling. As a matter of fact I've got some family up there.

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"We just wanted to keep him away from the basket".

"I think the kids have learned from it, the experience", Anderson said. "Give them credit. I thought they played well".

"They pretty much humiliated me out there", Gafford said.

The Razorbacks shot over 40 percent from 3-point range this season, which was historical in its greatness. That was a full 10 rebounds under the Arkansas average. This is a team that has put 19-0 runs on opponents twice this season and dropped a 16-0 tear on the Bulldogs Friday. The previous high had been 18 when it outrebounded Morehead State 42-24.

"The Baldwin kid is really, really good", Anderson said.

Arkansas shot 35.7 percent from the field and just 22.2 percent from 3-point range. The Razorbacks immediately forced a pair of turnovers, but couldn't convert them into points.

"We just tried to run them off the line", Butler senior forward Kelan Martin said. "We just stayed connected on the defensive end".

"It was a team effort".

"We knew today was going to be a fight", Jordan said, "obviously, with their ability to press and extend the floor and apply pressure".

"Make them take tough two's", Kamar Baldwin said in the lockeroom of defending the duo. "It was just a team effort tonight". Butler also made 11 threes compared to Arkansas four, which was a big reason why they won.

"We were just moving on", Butler redshirt sophomore forward Sean McDermott said of the first half runs. Jaylen Barford led Arkansas with 15 points and Daryl Macon added 12. "I think their strength is their versatility. So I know our guys are super, super excited about having a chance to play in this event and having a chance to play against an outstanding Butler team".

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