INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler coach Thad Matta landed his second big man in less than a week Monday, announcing the addition of 6-foot-11 Manny Bates from North Carolina State.
The grad transfer had 147 blocks, fourth in school history, and shot 64.7% from the field in two seasons with the Wolfpack.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler coach Thad Matta announced Friday he has hired former Louisville interim coach Mike Pegues and Kevin Kuwik as assistant coaches.
Matta also will retain David Ragland from last season's Bulldogs staff.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thad Matta's first head coaching tenue at Butler lasted one season.
This time, he hopes to stick around a little longer — with a familiar script that helped the Bulldogs reach unprecedented heights in the decade following his departure.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thad Matta is returning to Butler, hired on Sunday to coach the Bulldogs almost five years after he cited his health while stepping down at Ohio State.
The 54-year-old Matta led Butler to a 24-8 record and an appearance in the 2001 NCAA Tournament during his only season as the head coach at his alma mater.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — South Carolina and UConn are headed to the women's NCAA championship game.
Aliyah Boston had 23 points and 18 rebounds to back up her AP National Player of the Year award and carry South Carolina past Louisville 72-59 in the semifinals on Friday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler fired coach LaVall Jordan on Friday after two straight losing seasons and a second consecutive finish near the bottom of the Big East Conference.
The Bulldogs were 14-19 this season and tied for ninth in the Big East at 6-14.
NEW YORK (AP) — Al Durham has made plenty of big shots for Providence this season — at the foul line. He was about the last guy anyone would expect to sink a critical 3-pointer.
That's just how this charmed season has played out for the 11th-ranked Friars.
NEW YORK (AP) — Simas Lukosius hit a jumper on the first possession in overtime to give ninth-seeded Butler a lead it would not relinquish en route to an 89-82 win over eighth-seeded Xavier in the first round of the Big East Conference tournament on Wednesday.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Harrison Butler and John Knight III scored 17 points apiece as Southern Utah topped Weber State 80-70 on Saturday night. Aanen Moody added 16 points for the Thunderbirds.
Jason Spurgin had 11 points for Southern Utah (20-10, 14-6 Big Sky Conference).
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Moore and No. 11 Villanova got defensive in their tune-up for the Big East Tournament.
Moore scored 16 points, Jermaine Samuels added 15 and the Wildcats broke away early to beat Butler 78-59 Saturday in their regular-season finale.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Darryl Morsell posted 16 points as Marquette won its seventh straight home game, defeating Butler 64-56 on Saturday.
Justin Lewis had 11 points and seven rebounds for Marquette (18-10, 10-7 Big East Conference).
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Alexis Yetna had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lift Seton Hall to a 66-60 win over Butler on Wednesday night.
Jared Rhoden had 17 points for Seton Hall (17-9, 8-8 Big East Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Cooley found himself settling in and settling down as No. 8 Providence steadily cut into Butler’s lead Sunday.
The Providence coach believed his tested, talented roster would eventually respond to the challenge of erasing a 19-point, second-half deficit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Julian Champagnie had 31 points as St. John's easily defeated Butler 91-57 on Friday night.
Aaron Wheeler had 16 points for St. John's (15-11, 7-8 Big East Conference). Posh Alexander added 13 points and 10 assists.
CHICAGO (AP) — Simas Lukosius hit a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining to give Butler the lead en route to a 73-71 win over DePaul on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Peterson had his first double-double of the season with a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 21 Southern California to a 67-64 win over No. 12 UCLA on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Butler Bulldogs were tired of falling short.
So on Saturday, they aggressively took control, stood up to the challenges and finally found a way to bite back.
Bryce Golden scored a career-high 22 points, Bo Hodges posted a double-double and Aaron Thompson broke the school's career-assist record as the Bulldogs held off No.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Zach Freemantle scored 23 points and No. 21 Xavier overcame a miserable 3-point shooting night to beat Butler 68-66 on Wednesday night.
Xavier (16-5, 6-4 Big East) matched its season low in 3-pointers, going just 3 for 17.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is still working its way back into shape following a 12-day hiatus as becoming the latest team stricken with a COVID-19 outbreak within its program.
The 21st-ranked Friars found just enough energy on Sunday against Butler to remain atop the Big East standings.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Rob Phinisee scored a season-high 17 points in the first half and then made the decisive 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left to send Indiana past No. 4 Purdue 68-65 on Thursday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley had been waiting to see Tyrese Martin catch fire.
Martin scored 25 of his career-high 27 points in the second half, and No. 25 UConn beat Butler for the second time this week, 75-56 on Thursday night.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State let a late lead evaporate in regulation. Given another chance in overtime, the Seminoles got it done against No. 6 Duke.
RayQuan Evans made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in overtime, John Butler blocked Wendell Moore Jr.’s driving attempt in the lane with 2 seconds remaining, and Florida State stunned Duke 79-78 on Tuesday night.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — RayQuan Evans made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in overtime, John Butler blocked Wendell Moore Jr.‘s driving attempt in the lane with 2 seconds remaining, and Florida State stunned No.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley thought Adama Sanogo had an off night.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Tuesday in the No. 25 Huskies' 76-59 win over Butler, the first of two games this week between the programs.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Gillespie hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and Justin Moore scored 15 points to lead No. 14 Villanova to its sixth straight win, 82-42 over Butler on Sunday.
The Wildcats (13-4, 6-1 Big East) are rolling again since dropping their conference opener and never let Butler get comfortable at the Wells Fargo Center.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright heard hollering from the Villanova fans who lingered at a bar near his postgame news conference and the Hall of Fame coach needed a score update.
It was bad news for Wright — the Philadelphia Eagles were losing a playoff game.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing will miss the Hoyas' game against visiting Butler because of what his team said Wednesday were D.C. Department of Health guidelines.
The news release announcing the former Georgetown and NBA star's absence Thursday did not offer any other details or explanation.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Kunkel realized pretty early in Friday night's game against Butler it could be a good night for him.
“... (T)hey weren't guarding be too close, there were no high hands in my face,” the Xavier guard said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jared Rhoden scored 17 points, Alexis Yetna had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 24 Seton Hall beat Butler 71-56 on Tuesday night.
Bryce Aiken added 12 points and seven assists for the Pirates (10-3, 1-2 Big East), who avoided their first 0-3 start in league play since 2009-10.
PHOENIX (AP) — Andrew Nembhard scored 16 points, Rasir Bolton added 15 and No. 5 Gonzaga outlasted No. 25 Texas Tech 69-55 in the Colangelo Classic on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (9-2) withstood Texas Tech’s defensive pressure most of the afternoon in the desert, limiting turnovers while working the ball around for open looks.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Zach Edey and Trevion Williams swapped roles for No. 3 Purdue on Saturday.
If anything, it made the Boilermakers even more dangerous.
Edey came off the bench for the first time this season, posted a double-double in the first half, and his presence helped open up the Boilermakers' 3-pointers in a 77-48 rout over Butler at the Crossroads Classic.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Chuck Harris buried a 3 to take the lead and Simas Lukosius grabbed a clutch defensive rebound and hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to give Butler a 66-62 overtime win over Oklahoma in a Big East/Big 12 Battle Tuesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jayden Taylor scored 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting and Ty Groce scored 18 and missed just one of nine attempts and Butler beat Division II-level Chaminade 84-51 at the Maui Invitational on Wednesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Quenton Jackson had 15 points and five steals, lifting Texas A&M to a 57-50 win over Butler Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.
The Aggies led by 12 at halftime and kept it near double digits most of the second half before Butler chipped it down to 52-48 with just over a minute left.
NO. 1 GONZAGA 107, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 54
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chet Holmgren scored 19 points and No. 1 Gonzaga breezed past Central Michigan 107-54 in the Empire Classic ahead of a Final Four rematch with No.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Houston did not give Butler an inch in a dominating defensive first half, looking every bit like a team ready to make another deep NCAA Tournament run.
Playing with a big lead, the Cougars backed off a bit and needed time to rev it up again.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gabe Brown scored 19 points, freshman Max Christie added 18 and Michigan State beat Butler 73-52 on Wednesday night in the Gavitt Tipoff.
Michigan State jumped out to a 22-8 lead behind nine points from Christie.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Butler had 16 points to lead six Drexel players in double figures as the Dragons rolled past Neumann 103-74 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chuck Harris had 16 points as Butler beat IUPUI 56-47 on Tuesday night in a season opener.
Jayden Taylor had 12 points for Butler. Bryce Nze and Simas Lukosius each had seven rebounds.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The big, bad Baylor Bears bullied college basketball's beautiful game into a corner...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Baylor knew it would need to play to near-perfection to end Gonzaga's flawless season...
Add Oregon State to the relatively short list of double-digit seeds that have reached a regional final in the NCAA Tournament...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Hinkle faced a life-changing choice in early 1921.
New York Giants manager John McGraw had offered him an opportunity to play professional baseball...
Gonzaga and Baylor spent almost the entire season holding down the top two spots in the Top 25.
Makes sense they'd hold down a bunch of spots on The Associated Press All-America teams...
NEW YORK (AP) — With coach Greg McDermott back on the bench after a one-game suspension, No. 17 Creighton seemed to put a tense 10 days behind and have some fun...
NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Harris was clutch for Butler, drilling a straightaway 3-pointer and then sinking the game-winning free throws with three seconds left in overtime as the tenth-seeded Bulldogs ousted Xavier 70-69 in the Big East tournament on Wednesday night...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chuck Harris jump-started Butler's offense early. Jair Bolden delivered the finishing touch...
CHICAGO (AP) — Jair Bolden had a season-high 21 points as Butler beat DePaul 67-53 on Tuesday night...
WACO, Texas (AP) — Jared Butler hit a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game and No. 2 Baylor jumped out to a big lead...