2nd in Big East, the No. 4 seed in the South Region Butler Bulldogs (23-8) travels to Milwaukee for the NCAA Tournament first round matchup against 1st in Big South No. 13 seed Winthrop Eagles (26-6). The game tip-off at 1:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday.
The game will air nationally on TNT with Carter Blackburn (Play-by-play), Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli and Lisa Byington as announcers.
Date and Time: March 16th, 2017 1:30 PM EST
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center
TV: TNT (US)
The Bulldogs under head coach Chris Holtmann have entered third consecutive NCAA Tournament while putting together arguably the most impressive regular season team in their history. The No. 4 seed is the best in Butler basketball history.
Butler is coming off a 62-57 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Big East tournament on March 9.
Kelan Martin leads the team in scoring with16.1 points (PPG) and in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds (RPG).
Winthrop Eagles bagged the 13-seed, which is tied for the second best seeding in the tournament in program history. The Eagles clinched their 11th Big South Conference Championship after taking out Campbell 76-59 March 5.
Senior Keon Johnson and junior Xavier Cooks lead the Eagles offensively. Johnson, the 2016-17 Big South Player of the Year, finished second in the league and is 10th nationally in scoring at 22.5 while Cooks scores at 16.3 with an impressive 9.2 rebounds