2010–11 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2010–11 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball
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National Runner Up
NCAA Southeast Regional Champions (#8 seed)
Diamond Head Classic Champions
Horizon League Regular Season Co-Champions
Horizon League Tournament Champions
National Championship Game vs Connecticut, L, 41–53
Conference Horizon League
2010–11 record 28–10 (13–5 Horizon)
Head coach Brad Stevens (4th year)
Assistant coach Matthew Graves (8th year)
Assistant coach Terry Johnson (4th year)
Assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry (3rd year)
Home arena Hinkle Fieldhouse
Seasons
« 2009–10 2011–12 »
2010–11 Horizon League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
*Milwaukee 13 5   .722     19 14   .576
Butler 13 5   .722     28 10   .737
Cleveland State 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
Valparaiso 12 6   .667     23 12   .657
Wright State 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Detroit 10 8   .556     17 16   .515
Green Bay 8 10   .444     14 18   .438
Loyola (IL) 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
Youngstown State 2 16   .111     9 21   .300
UIC 2 16   .111     7 24   .226
2011 Horizon League Tournament winner
As of April 4, 2011; Rankings from Coaches Poll

The 2010–11 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Butler University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Brad Stevens, serving his 4th year. The Bulldogs played their home games at the Hinkle Fieldhouse, which has a capacity of approximately 10,000.[1] They are members of the Horizon League.

They were the first team to reach consecutive final four without being a one or a two seed either year.[2] By reaching the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game they were the third eight seed team to do so and the first since the 1984–85 Villanova Wildcats. They were the first non-BCS school to reach the championship game in back-to-back seasons since the 1960–61 and 1961–62 Cincinnati Bearcats. They were the first team to reach the championship game without being ranked in the final college basketball polls since the 1987–88 Kansas Jayhawks. They were the first national runner-up to return to the championship game since the 1990–91 Duke Blue Devils (not counting the Fab Five teams affected by the University of Michigan basketball scandal).[3] In 2011, they lost the National Championship to The University of Connecticut Huskies.

2010 recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Erik Fromm
Power Forward
Bloomington, IN Bloomington South High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) May 20, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 84
Chrishawn Hopkins
Shooting Guard
Indianapolis, IN Emmerich Manual High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Aug 10, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 74
Khyle Marshall
Small Forward
Davie, FL Flanagan High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 30, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2010–11 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G/F 11 Anglin, AlexAlex Anglin (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 177 lb (80 kg) RS Sr Kokomo Kokomo, IN
F 32 Butcher, GarrettGarrett Butcher 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Jr Edgewood Ellettsville, IN
F 4 Fromm, ErikErik Fromm 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Bloomington South Bloomington, IN
G 3 Hahn, ZachZach Hahn 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Sr New Castle Chrysler New Castle, IN
G 20 Hopkins, ChrishawnChrishawn Hopkins 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Manual Indianapolis, IN
F 54 Howard, MattMatt Howard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Connersville Connersville, IN
C 30 Kampen, EmersonEmerson Kampen (W) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 189 lb (86 kg) RS So Yorktown Yorktown, IN
G 22 Leiendecker, GrantGrant Leiendecker 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 182 lb (83 kg) RS Sr Homestead Fort Wayne, IN
G 1 Mack, ShelvinShelvin Mack 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Bryan Station Lexington, KY
F 23 Marshall, KhyleKhyle Marshall 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Flanagan Davie, FL
G 5 Nored, RonaldRonald Nored 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Jr Homewood Homewood, AL
C 44 Smith, AndrewAndrew Smith 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 239 lb (108 kg) So Covenant Christian Indianapolis, IN
G 33 Stigall, ChaseChase Stigall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So New Castle Chrysler New Castle, IN
G 2 Vanzant, ShawnShawn Vanzant 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Sr Wharton Tampa, FL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-Aug-31

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Pts Ldr Reb Ldr Ast Ldr Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
October 30* 2:00 PM Florida Southern #18 Hinkle FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN  19 - Howard   7 - Howard   6 - Mack  W 90–70  5,544
November 4* 7:00 PM Hanover #18 Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN  13 - Mack   10 - Howard   4 - Nored  W 80–41  5,549
Regular Season
November 13* 2:00 PM Marian #18 Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY
HLN
 20 - Mack   7 - Howard   5 - Nored  W 83–54  6,824 1–0
November 16* 8:00 PM at Louisville #18 KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, KY ESPN  25 - Mack   9 - Howard   5 - Hahn  L 73–88  22,723 1–1
November 20* 2:00 PM Ball State #18 Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  19 - Mack   10 - Howard   4 - Mack  W 88–55  7,038 2–1
November 23* 7:00 PM at Siena #23 Times Union CenterAlbany, NY WNDY  17 - Howard   12 - Howard   4 - Mack  W 70–57  8,444 3–1
November 27* 2:00 PM Evansville #23 Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  19 - Howard   12 - Howard   2 - Hahn,
Mack 
L 68–71 OT 6,622 3–2
December 1 8:00 PM at Loyola Gentile CenterChicago, IL WNDY  15 - Hahn,
Howard 
 7 - Howard   4 - Vanzant  W 65–63  3,758 4–2 (1–0)
December 4* 3:30 PM vs. #1 Duke Izod CenterEast Rutherford, NJ
(CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic)
ESPN  14 - Vanzant   6 - Smith   6 - Nored  L 70–82  14,215 4–3
December 9* 9:00 PM at Xavier Cintas CenterCincinnati, OH ESPN  17 - Howard   6 - Howard,
Mack 
 5 - Nored  L 49–51  10,250 4–4
December 11* 7:00 PM Mississippi Valley State Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  26 - Howard   6 - Mack   8 - Mack  W 91–71  5,677 5–4
December 18* 2:00 PM Stanford Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN CBS  27 - Howard   10 - Howard   5 - Mack  W 83–50  8,012 6–4
December 22* 11:00 PM vs. Utah Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic Opening Round)
ESPNU  23 - Howard   6 - Howard,
Mack,
Marshall,
Stigall 
 5 - Nored  W 74–62  7–4
December 23* 10:00 PM vs. Florida State Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic Semifinals)
ESPN2  19 - Howard   9 - Howard   5 - Mack  W 67–64  8–4
December 25* 9:30 PM vs. Washington State Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic Championship)
ESPN2  20 - Mack   11 - Howard   4 - Hahn  W 84–68  6,367 9–4
January 1 2:00 PM Valparaiso Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  16 - Mack   8 - Howard   6 - Mack  W 76–59  8,024 10–4 (2–0)
January 3 8:00 PM at Milwaukee US Cellular ArenaMilwaukee, WI ESPN3  14 - Howard   6 - Howard   4 - Nored  L 52–76  4,027 10–5 (2–1)
January 7 7:00 PM Cleveland State Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN ESPNU  22 - Smith   10 - Smith   3 - Mack,
Nored,
Vanzant 
W 79–56  7,071 11–5 (3–1)
January 9 2:00 PM Youngstown State Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  28 - Mack   6 - Howard
Vanzant 
 3 - Mack  W 84–79  5,789 12–5 (4–1)
January 14 9:00 PM at Detroit Calihan HallDetroit, MI ESPNU  17 - Howard   7 - Mack   7 - Nored  W 87–63  6,674 13–5 (5–1)
January 16 7:00 PM at Wright State Nutter CenterFairborn, OH WNDY  15 - Smith   8 - Smith   4 - Mack  L 64–69  7,603 13–6 (5–2)
January 21 7:00 PM Green Bay Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN ESPNU  29 - Howard   16 - Howard   4 - Mack  W 81–75  7,666 14–6 (6–2)
January 23 2:00 PM Milwaukee Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  23 - Mack   10 - Howard
Marshall 
 5 - Mack  L 80–86 OT 6,745 14–7 (6–3)
January 29 2:00 PM at Valparaiso The ARCValparaiso, IN ESPN3
WNDY
HLN
 17 - Hahn
Howard 
 10 - Howard   4 - Mack  L 79–85 OT 5,432 14–8 (6–4)
February 3 7:00 PM at Youngstown State Beeghly CenterYoungstown, OH  18 - Mack   8 - Mack   3 - Mack
Nored 
L 60–62  3,047 14–9 (6–5)
February 5 12:00 PM at Cleveland State Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH ESPN2
ESPN3
 14 - Howard   6 - Mack   7 - Mack  W 73–61  8,490 15–9 (7–5)
February 7 7:00 PM UIC Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN WNDY  17 - Mack   8 - Nored   4 - Vanzant  W 72–65  5,287 16–9 (8–5)
February 10 7:00 PM Wright State Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN ESPNU  20 - Mack   6 - Smith   5 - Nored  W 71–63  6,726 17–9 (9–5)
February 12 8:00 PM Detroit Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN ESPN2
ESPN3
 32 - Mack   12 - Howard   3 - Vanzant  W 66–51  9,004 18–9 (10–5)
February 15 8:00 PM at Green Bay Resch CenterGreen Bay, WI ESPN3  22 - Howard   8 - Howard
Smith 
 6 - Mack  W 64–62  5,031 19–9 (11–5)
February 19 2:00 PM at UIC UIC Pavilion • Chicago, IL ESPN3  19 - Howard   9 - Howard
Smith 
 6 - Mack  W 79–52  5,292 20–9 (12–5)
February 26 2:00 PM Loyola Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Senior Day)
WNDY  18 - Mack   11 - Smith   3 - Mack  W 63–56  10,000 21–9 (13–5)
Horizon League Tournament
March 5 6:00 PM vs. Cleveland State U.S. Cellular Arena • Milwaukee, WI
(Semifinals)
ESPNU  18 - Vanzant   8 - Howard
Smith 
 3 - Nored  W 76–68  22–9
March 8 9:00 PM at Milwaukee U.S. Cellular Arena • Milwaukee, WI
(Championship Game)
ESPN  18 - Howard   10 - Smith   4 - Mack  W 59–44  10,437 23–9
NCAA Tournament
March 17* 12:40 PM vs. (SE 9) Old Dominion #(SE 8) Verizon CenterWashington, DC
(Second Round)
truTV  15 - Howard
Mack 
 8 - Howard   7 - Mack  W 60–58  17,578 24–9
March 19* 7:10 PM vs. #4 (SE 1) Pittsburgh #(SE 8) Verizon Center • Washington, DC
(Third Round)
TBS  30 - Mack   6 - Howard
Marshall 
 4 - Vanzant  W 71–70  18,684 25–9
March 24* 9:57 PM vs. #16 (SE 4) Wisconsin #(SE 8) New Orleans ArenaNew Orleans, LA
(Sweet Sixteen)
TBS  20 - Howard   12 - Howard   4 - Vanzant  W 61–54  12,320 26–9
March 26* 4:30 PM vs. #13 (SE 2) Florida #(SE 8) New Orleans Arena • New Orleans, LA
(Elite Eight)
CBS  27 - Mack   8 - Smith   4 - Mack  W 74–71 OT 12,139 27–9
April 2* 6:09 PM vs. (SW 11) VCU #(SE 8) Reliant StadiumHouston, TX
(Final Four)
CBS  24 - Mack   9 - Marshall   2 - Howard,Smith,and Vanzant  W 70–62  75,421 28–9
April 4* 9:00 PM vs. #8 (WR 3) Connecticut #(SE 8) Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX
(National Championship Game)
CBS  13 - Mack   9 - Mack   2 - Vanzant  L 41–53  70,376 28–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. All times are in Eastern Time. (#) Indicates seed in NCAA Tournament. ER = East Region. WR = West Region. SE = Southeast Region. SW = Southwest Region.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. RV – Received votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 WK 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 17 16 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
Coaches 18 18 23 RV RV RV RV RV 2
Mid-Major 1 2 2 7 8 8 10 6 5 5 6 12 15 13 13 12 8 7 6 1

Preseason[edit]

Preseason Rankings[edit]

Publication Rank
AP 17
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll 18
Athlon 21
Lindy's 8
Sporting News 19
Fox Sports 24
CBS Sports 19
Rivals.com 16
CollegeInsider.com Mid Major 1

Preseason Awards[edit]

# Name Class Award
54 Matt Howard Sr. Preseason All-Horizon 1st Team[4]
1 Shelvin Mack Jr. John R. Wooden All-American Pre-Season Candidate[5]
Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year[4]
Pre-Season All-Horizon 1st Team[4]
AP Preseason All-America Honorable Mention[6]
Naismith Pre-Season Candidate[7]

Preseason Game Capsules[edit]

10/30 – Butler vs Florida Southern

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
FLS 37 33 70
BU 43 47 90

Butler Rolls Past Florida Southern, 90–70
Senior Matt Howard scored a game-high 19 points and teammate Ronald Nored added 14 to lead #17/18 Butler to a 90–70 victory over visiting Florida Southern in an exhibition men’s basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 30, afternoon. The game was Butler’s first 2010–11 test.[8]

11/4 – Butler vs Hanover

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
HAN 21 20 41
BU 45 35 80

Butler Drops Hanover, 80–41, In Exhibition Game
Junior Shelvin Mack scored a game-high 13 points and senior Matt Howard added a double-double to lead Butler to an 80–41 victory over visiting Hanover in an exhibition contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, Nov. 4. The game was the final preseason test for the Bulldogs.[9]

Regular Season[edit]

Regular Season Awards[edit]

# Name Class Season Awards
54 Matt Howard Sr. 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate[10]
12/20 Horizon League Player of the Week[11]
Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team[12]
Diamond Head Classic Tournament MVP[12]
12/27 Horizon League Player of the Week[13]
2011 Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30[14]
Horizon League December Male Scholar-Athlete[15]
1 Shelvin Mack Jr. Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team[12]

Regular Season Game Capsules[edit]

11/13 – Butler vs Marian

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
MRN 28 26 54
BU 42 41 83

Butler Rolls Past Marian, 83–54
Junior Shelvin Mack scored a game-high 20 points to lead Butler to an 83–54 victory over visiting Marian in the season-opener for the Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 13. All 14 Butler players saw action in the win and 12 cracked the scoring column.[16]

11/16 – Butler at Louisville

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
LOU 41 47 88
BU 23 50 73

Bulldogs Fall At Louisville, 88–73
Rakeem Buckles scored 17 points and four teammates added double-figures to lead host Louisville to an 88–73 victory over #16/18 Butler in the opening game of the new KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The loss dropped Butler to 1–1 on the young season.[17]

11/13 – Butler vs Ball State

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
BSU 20 35 55
BU 38 50 88

Butler Rolls To Big Win Over Ball State
Shelvin Mack scored a game-high 19 points and teammate Matt Howard added a double-double to lead #16/18 Butler to an 88–55 victory over visiting Ball State in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 20. The win lifted to Bulldogs to 2–1 on the young season.[18]

11/16 – Butler at Siena

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
SIE 29 28 57
BU 37 33 70

Bench Lifts Butler To 70–57 Win At Siena
Senior Matt Howard posted his second consecutive double-double and Butler picked up a big lift from the bench in a 70–57 victory over Siena in a non-league game at Times Union Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23. It was Butler’s second straight win and lifted the Bulldogs to 3–1 on the young season.[19]

11/27 – Butler vs Evansville

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
EVV 29 32 10 71
BU 36 25 7 68

Bulldogs Lose In Overtime To Evansville, 71–68
Forward Denver Holmes hit a clutch three-point field goal with 0:18 left in overtime to lift visiting Evansville to a 71–68 victory over Butler in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 27. The loss, Butler’s first at home in the past 18 games, left the Bulldogs at 3–2 on the young season.[20]

12/1 – Butler at Loyola

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
L-IL 28 35 63
BU 38 27 65

Bulldogs Hold Off Loyola, 65–63
Senior Zach Hahn hit a pair of clutch free throws with seven seconds remaining and Butler handed host Loyola its first 2010–11 loss, 65–63, in the Horizon League opener for both teams at the Joseph J. Gentile Center on Wednesday, Dec. 1.[21]

12/4 – Butler vs. Duke

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
DUKE 33 49 82
BU 33 37 70

Butler Fall To Top-Ranked Duke, 82–70
Senior Kyle Singler sparked an 11–0 run midway through the second half that lifted No. 1 Duke to an 82–70 victory over Butler in the Carquest Auto Parts Classic at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The nationally-televised game was a rematch of last spring’s NCAA Division I Championship game.[22]

12/9 – Butler at Xavier

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
XAV 32 19 51
BU 24 25 49

Xavier Edges Butler, 51–49
Guard Mark Lyons made two free throws with 0:03.4 left on the clock to lift host Xavier to a 51–49 victory over Butler in a non-league game at the Cintas Center on Thursday (Dec. 9). The loss was Butler’s second straight and third in the last four games.[23]

12/11 – Butler vs. Mississippi Valley State

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
MVSU 25 46 71
BU 48 43 91

Bulldogs Roll Past Mississippi Valley State
Senior Matt Howard scored a season-high 26 points and sparked Butler to a 91–71 victory over visiting Mississippi Valley State in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 11. The win snapped the Bulldogs’ two-game skid.[24]

12/18 – Butler vs Stanford

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
STAN 22 28 50
BU 41 42 83

Bulldogs Cruise Past Stanford, 83–50
Senior Matt Howard posted his fourth double-double of the season and Butler cruised to an 83–50 victory over visiting Stanford in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 18. The victory, which was nationally-televised on CBS, lifted the Bulldogs to 6–4 on the young season.[25]

12/22 – Butler vs Utah
Diamond Head Classic Opening Round

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UTAH 27 35 62
BU 40 34 74

Bulldogs Hold On Against Utah, 74–62
Senior Matt Howard scored a game-high 23 points and junior Ronald Nored added a career-high 16 points, all in the second half, to lead Butler to a 74–62 victory over Utah in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday, Dec. 22. It was the third straight win for the 7–4 Bulldogs.[26]

12/23 – Butler vs Florida State
Diamond Head Classic Semifinals

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
FSU 19 45 64
BU 21 46 67

Bulldogs Edge Florida State, 67–64
Junior Shelvin Mack scored all of his 17 points in the second half to help Butler hold on to a 67–64 victory over Florida State in the semifinals of the 2010 Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday, Dec. 23. The win sends the Bulldogs into the title game against Washington State on Christmas Day.[27]

12/25 – Butler vs Washington State
Diamond Head Classic Championship

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WSU 38 30 68
BU 40 44 84

Bulldogs Win Diamond Head Classic
The Butler men's basketball team is coming home from sunny Hawaii with a tournament championship. The Bulldogs buried a barrage of 3-pointers en route to an 84–68 win over Washington State in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic.[28]

1/1 – Butler vs Valparaiso

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
VALPO 25 34 59
BU 36 40 76

Butler Pulls Away From Valparaiso, 76–59
Junior Shelvin Mack led a balanced attack with 16 points and Butler used a strong closing run to defeat visiting Valparaiso, 76–59, in a feature Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on New Year’s Day. The win was Butler’s sixth straight and lifted the Bulldogs to 10–4 on the season and 2–0 in league play.[29]

1/3 – Butler at Milwaukee

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
MILW 37 39 76
BU 29 23 52

Milwaukee Overpowers Butler, 76–52
Forwards Anthony Hill and Tony Meier combined for 42 points and guard Kaylon Williams added a triple-double to help host Milwaukee cruise to a 76–52 victory over Butler at U. S. Cellular Arena on Monday, Jan. 3. It was Butler’s biggest margin of defeat in more than five seasons.[30]

1/7 – Butler vs Cleveland State

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
CLEV 23 33 56
BU 42 37 79

Butler Rolls Over Cleveland State, 79–56
Sophomore Andrew Smith made the most of his first career appearance against Cleveland State, finishing with his first career double-double and leading Butler to a convincing, 79–56, victory over the league-leading Vikings at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 7. The win helped lift the Bulldogs into a four-way tie for second place in the Horizon League.[31]

1/9 – Butler vs Youngstown

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
YSU 37 42 79
BU 41 43 84

Butler Survives Hot-Shooting Youngstown State, 84–79
Junior Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 28 points and senior Matt Howard added 26 to help Butler hold off a hot-shooting Youngstown State team, 84–79, at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday, Jan. 9. The victory lifted Butler into a share of first place in the Horizon League.[32]

1/14 – Butler at Detroit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
DET 20 44 64
BU 42 45 87

Butler Rolls Over Detroit, 87–64
Senior Matt Howard led five Butler players in double-figures with 17 points and the Bulldogs pulled away to an 87–64 victory over Detroit in a first place showdown at Calihan Hall on Friday, Jan. 14. The 23-point win left the Bulldogs tied with Valparaiso for the top spot in the league.[33]

1/16 – Butler at Wright State

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WRST 34 35 69
BU 34 30 64

Wright State Takes 69–64 Decision From Bulldogs
A three-point field goal attempt to tie the game by Butler’s Shelvin Mack with 0:06 remaining hit the back of the rim and the front of the rim twice, before popping out, and host Wright State held on to hand the Bulldogs a 69–64 setback at the Nutter Center on Sunday (Jan. 16) evening.[34]

1/21 – Butler vs Green Bay

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
GB 32 43 75
BU 40 41 81

Bulldogs Hold Off Green Bay, 81–75
Senior Matt Howard turned in the best overall performance of his Butler career and the Bulldogs held off a late charge by visiting Green Bay to post an 81–75 Horizon League win at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday (Jan. 21). The win helped the Bulldogs maintain a share of second place in the league standings.[35]

1/23 – Butler vs Milwaukee

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
MILW 32 40 14 86
BU 37 35 8 80

Bulldogs Fall In Overtime To Milwaukee, 86–80
Visiting Milwaukee turned a 13–4 scoring run in overtime into an 86–80 victory over Butler in a rematch at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday (Jan. 23) afternoon. The loss kept Butler from gaining a share of first place in the Horizon League.[36]

1/29 – Butler at Valparaiso

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
VALP 26 41 18 85
BU 31 36 12 79

Butler Falls In Overtime At Valparaiso, 85–79
Host Valparaiso hit five of seven shots, including two from beyond the three-point arc, and pulled away to an 85–79 victory over Butler in a key Horizon League showdown at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. The win lifted the Crusaders into a share of first place in the league, while Butler slipped to fourth.[37]

2/3 – Butler at Youngstown

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
YSU 25 37 62
BU 22 38 60

Youngstown State Upsets Butler, 62–60
Freshman Kendrick Perry capped a 10–0 closing run with a three-point field goal to lift host Youngstown State to a 62–60 victory over Butler at the Beeghly Center on Thursday, Feb. 3. The loss was Butler’s third straight and dropped the Bulldogs to 14–9 on the season and 6–5 in the Horizon League.[38]

2/5 – Butler at Cleveland

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
CLEV 29 32 61
BU 33 40 73

Bulldogs Upend Cleveland State, 73–61
Senior Matt Howard led five players in double figures and Butler pulled away in the second half to defeat league-leading Cleveland State, 73–61, at the Wolstein Center on Saturday, Feb. 5. The win snapped Butler’s three-game losing skid and gave the Bulldogs a season sweep of the first place Vikings.[39]

2/7 – Butler vs UIC

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UIC 33 32 65
BU 34 38 72

Bulldogs Hold Off UIC, 72–65
Butler overcame the loss of its leading scorer and rebounder and an early second half deficit to hand visiting UIC a 72–65 setback in a hard-fought Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday, Feb. 7. The win lifted the Bulldogs into a tie for fourth place in the league standings.[40]

2/10 – Butler vs Wright State

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WRST 34 29 63
BU 39 32 71

Bulldogs Knock Off Wright State, 71–63
Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Matt Howard, Butler pulled together one of its best shooting performances of the season and handed visiting Wright State at 71–63 setback in a key Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday (Feb. 10). The win was Butler’s third straight and lifted the Bulldogs to 17–9 on the season and 9–5 in league play.[41]

2/12 – Butler vs Detroit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
DET 34 17 51
BU 29 37 66

Second Half Lifts Butler Past Detroit, 66–51
Junior Shelvin Mack single-handedly out-scored visiting Detroit in the final 20 minutes and Butler pulled away to a 66–51 Horizon League victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Feb. 12). The win was Butler’s fourth straight and lifted the Bulldogs into a tie for third place in the league standings.[42]

2/15 – Butler at Green Bay

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
GB 28 34 62
BU 34 30 64

Butler Edges Green Bay, 64–62
Senior Matt Howard’s slam dunk with 0:01.8 left on the clock lifted visiting Butler to a 64–62 victory over Green Bay in a Horizon League game at the Resch Center on Tuesday (Feb. 15). The win was Butler’s fifth straight and boosted the Bulldogs into third place in the league standings.[43]

2/19 – Butler at UIC

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UIC 27 25 52
BU 40 39 79

Butler Rolls At UIC, 79–52
Senior Matt Howard led four Butler players in double-figures and the Bulldogs used a strong finish to the first half to pull away from host UIC and post a 79–52 victory at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 19. The win was Butler’s sixth straight and gave the Bulldogs a sixth consecutive 20-win season.[44]

2/26 – Butler vs Loyola

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
L-IL 26 30 56
BU 32 31 63

Butler Clinches Record Fifth Straight League Title
Junior Shelvin Mack scored a game-high 18 points and Butler rallied in the absence of head coach Brad Stevens to defeat Loyola, 63–56, in a key Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday. The win, Butler’s seventh straight, gave the Bulldogs a share of a league-record fifth straight Horizon League title.[45]

Postseason[edit]

Postseason Awards[edit]

# Name Class Award
Head Coach Brad Stevens 4th Coach Clair Bee Award Winner[46]
54 Matt Howard Sr. All-Horizon League First Team[47]
Horizon League All-Defensive Team[47]
Academic All-American – First Team[48]
Academic All-American of the Year[48]
Horizon League All-Tournament Team[49]
Horizon League Tournament MVP[49]
Elite 88 Award Winner[50]
Lou Henson All-America Team[51]
Lou Henson Award Winner[51]
NCAA All-Tournament Team[52]
Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award Winner[53]
Cecil Coleman Medal of Honor Recipient[53]
1 Shelvin Mack Jr. All-Horizon League Second Team[47]
Horizon League All-Tournament Team[49]
NCAA Southeastern Region MVP[54]
Lou Henson All-America Team[51]
NCAA All-Tournament Team[52]
5 Ronald Nored Jr. Horizon League All-Defensive Team[47]
2 Shawn Vanzant Sr. Horizon League All-Tournament Team[49]

Postseason Game Capsules[edit]

3/5 – Butler vs Cleveland State
Horizon League Tournament Semifinal

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
CLEV 35 33 68
BU 41 35 76

Vanzant Leads Butler To Horizon League Title Game
Senior Shawn Vanzant scored all his team-high 18 points in the final 13 minutes of the game to help lead Butler past Cleveland State, 76–68, in the semifinals of the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship at U. S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis., on Saturday (March 5). The win sends Butler to a league-record sixth straight tournament championship game.[55]

3/8 – Butler vs Milwaukee
Horizon League Tournament Championship

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
MILW 20 24 44
BU 33 26 59

Defense Lifts Butler To League Crown
Senior Matt Howard scored a game-high 18 points and Butler used a rock-solid defensive effort to defeat top-seeded Milwaukee, 59–44, in the title game of the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship at U. S. Cellular Arena on Tuesday, March 8.[56]

3/17 – Butler vs Old Dominion
NCAA Second Round (Round of 64)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
ODU 29 28 58
BU 27 33 60

Howard Lifts Butler Over Old Dominion
Forward Matt Howard hit a lay-up with less than a second remaining to lift Butler to a 60–58 victory over Old Dominion in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at the Verizon Center on Thursday (March 17). The win advances the Bulldogs to the third round of the tournament on Saturday (March 19).[57]

3/19 – Butler vs #4 Pittsburgh
NCAA Third Round (Round of 32)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
PITT 30 40 70
BU 38 33 71

Bulldogs Heading To Sweet 16
For the fourth time in nine years, the Butler men's basketball team is going to the Sweet 16. The Bulldogs picked up their 11th straight win Saturday night, winning in the final second for the second time in three days.[58]

3/24 – Butler vs #16 Wisconsin
NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WIS 24 30 54
BU 33 28 61

Bulldogs Win, Move To Elite Eight
For the second time in school history, Butler men's basketball has advanced to the Elite 8. Senior Matt Howard scored 20 points and junior Shelvin Mack added 13 in a 61–54 win over Wisconsin in the NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinal Thursday night in New Orleans Arena. BU will play Florida Saturday with a Final Four berth on the line.[59]

3/26 – Butler vs #13 Florida
NCAA Elite Eight

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
FLA 33 27 11 71
BU 32 28 14 74

NEXT STOP: HOUSTON FOR THE FINAL FOUR
For the second consecutive year, the Butler men's basketball team has captured the eyes of the nation. For the next week, the Butler Bulldogs will be the top story in all of sports as they head to the NCAA Final Four in Houston.[60]

4/2 – Butler vs Virginia Commonwealth
NCAA Final Four

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
VCU 28 34 62
BU 34 36 70

DAWGS BEAT VCU, ADVANCE TO NATIONAL TITLE GAME
The Bulldogs’ remarkable tourney run to Houston will last one more game. Butler is back in the NCAA national final, grinding its way to a 70–62 win over VCU Saturday night in the Final Four.[61]

4/4 – Butler vs #9 Connecticut
NCAA Championship Game

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UCONN 19 34 53
BU 22 19 41

Bulldogs Finish As National Runner-up
For the second consecutive year, the Butler men’s basketball team is the national runner-up. Connecticut held the Bulldogs to 18.8 percent shooting and the Huskies defeated BU in the NCAA national title game, 53-41. Butler finishes the year 28-10.[62]

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