Two of the country’s best defenses squared off in Jacksonville, and the No. 6 seed Butler held off No. 11 Texas 56-48.
Butler’s Kellen Dunham led all scorers and was the only Bulldog in double figures with 20 points.
The turning point of the game was when Butler freshman Kelan Martin made a critical basket at the 10:35 mark in the second half that extended the Bulldogs’ lead to nine and they never let the lead go. Martin also hit a crucial 3-pointer with 1:20 left to play in the game that pushed the Butler lead just out of Texas’ reach.
Strange, But True
Texas outrebounded Butler 41-28 and the Longhorns shot a better percentage (34 percent) than the Bulldogs (33 percent), but lost the game.
No. 6 Butler advances to play No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Texas ends its season with a record of 20-14.