The Butler Men’s Club Basketball team improved its season record to 21-1 with an impressive championship in Bloomington, IN. The team travelled down to the Indiana University campus on February 2nd and 3rd and came out with a 7-0 record. In pool play the Bulldogs beat Lewis College, Ohio State University and Indiana University. Butler opened bracket play with a victory over Dayton 2. This led to a matchup with Ivy Tech-Lafayette, a team Butler has struggled with in the past. After losing four times to Ivy Tech last season, Carl Miller helped BU to a convincing victory, setting up a semifinal matchup with Dayton 1, which Butler won running away. In the championship, Butler faced another familiar foe in Central Michigan University. Thanks to the post play of Matt Vogt and James Pascascio, the Bulldogs were able to come out champions of their third tournament this season.
Butler will face Ivy Tech University-Lafayette this Saturday, February 9th at the HRC.
The Butler Men’s Club basketball team won the second annual Butler Fall Invitational last Saturday, November 10th. The tournament included squads from Ivy Tech-Lafayette, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and two teams from Indiana University. The Bulldogs started off the day by winning pool play games against Indiana 1 and Ivy Tech. Thanks to hot shooting by Louie Kamo, Butler was able to secure the number two seed entering bracket play. This set up a semifinal match-up against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The tone for the game was set early with the pressuring defense of Will Davis, Justin Miller, and Brennan Walker. This allowed the Bulldogs to jump to a quick lead and never look back. In the championship, Butler once again faced a resilient Indiana 1 team. A balanced attack of inside and out scoring helped the Bulldogs pull away in the second half en route to the first tournament win in the programs short, two year, history.
Saturday, November 10th, the Butler Men’s Club Basketball team will be hosting its Butler Fall Invitational 2012. This is the second time Butler has hosted this event, and it will expand the tournament to six teams this year. Those teams include: Butler, Indiana 1, Indiana 2, Ivy Tech-Lafayette, Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The tournament will start at 9AM at the HRC. Championship is scheduled for 4:30PM. Come out and watch some competitive basketball while cheering on your Butler Men’s Club Basketball team.
The Butler Men’s Club Basketball team ended a strong weekend with a second place finish in the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville tournament. On Saturday, October 20th the team won all three of its pool play games. First defeating Miami (OH) by forfeit then pulling out a hard nosed contest against Truman College. Butler faced a 15 point deficit before making a second half surge and winning with a put back by Grant Rodgers in the final seconds. Next, the Bulldogs beat Indiana University’s B team, leading by as much as 25 in the contest.
On Sunday, Butler earned a first round bye, and the second overall seed, because of their 3-0 finish in pool play. In the first single elimination match up the Bulldogs faced the Indiana University A team. Butler won the contest by generating a sizable lead from the tip, thanks to the hot shooting of Alex Prittie, and never relinquished it. Next was Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the reigning national champions. This hard fought contest finished with Butler winning by 20, setting up a meeting in the championship with the University of Missouri. In the “ship” the Bulldogs jumped out to 10 point lead, but were unable to hold on late. The runner-up finish is Butler’s second in the past year in major tournaments.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a home tournament on Saturday, November 10th. The tournament will be played at the HRC between the Bulldogs, Indiana University 1, Indiana University 2, SIU-Carbondale, SIU-Edwardsville, and Ivy Tech-Lafayette.
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