St. Louis vs. Butler: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Andrew Smith #44 of the Butler Bulldogs scrambles for a loose ball against the Saint Louis Billikens at Hinkle Fieldhouse on February 22, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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The Butler Bulldogs fell for the sixth time this season in a 65-61 upset to Saint Louis Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Butler didn't fare any better the second time around, as it previously fell to its Atlantic 10 foes by a 75-58 margin on the road. 

Could it be a case of taking teams too lightly, especially at home, for Butler? None of the Bulldogs' three home losses have come against ranked opponents.

Friday night's only NCAA men's basketball contest featuring a Top 25 team wasn't supposed to be a highly contested affair for the hosting Bulldogs. In a season where no ranked team is safe from upset, this serves as an extended notice.

Butler took a 34-29 lead into the half thanks to a 14-point performance by Kellen Dunham. Saint Louis responded after the break, coming out firing on all cylinders and attacking the basket. The Billikens had the hosts on their heels, leading by as many as nine points before the Bulldogs bounced back down the stretch.

The home team was able to cut Saint Louis' lead to just one point. Saint Louis fought off the comeback, though, playing tough defense and getting to the basket.

Center Andrew Smith chucked up and missed a three-pointer after Butler fell to a five-point deficit with just one minute left to play. Butler resorted to fouling in the final minute and the strategy paid off, as the Billikens missed back-to-back one-and-one opportunities from the charity stripe.

Butler’s Roosevelt Jones got his chance from the line, but hit just one of his two attempts to leave Saint Louis ahead by two points. Saint Louis’ Mike McCall Jr. hit two straight from the line to extend the Billikens' lead to four points with just 19 seconds to play.

Rotnei Clarke lost the handle, and the game, by turning it over on the ensuing possession, sealing the upset for the visitors. Saint Louis did give the Bulldogs a second chance by missing the ensuing free throws, but they had little time and couldn't find the basket in the waning seconds.


Twitter Reaction

Jason Bennett of ESPN's Aussies Abroad tweeted a picture of the full Hinkle Fieldhouse prior to ESPN University's weekly Friday-night matchup:

Rich Nye of WTHR Indianapolis broke down the first half in a simple recap while highlighting the half's top performer:

The second half made the Bulldogs faithful worried after their team controlled the first half. ESPN's College BBall account pointed out what was at stake in this one:

CJ Moore, a college hoops writer, gave his takeaway from this awesome matchup:

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated commented on the Billikens' struggles at the free-throw line in the final minutes of the game: