By Wes Woodward
RALEIGH, NC (March 18, 2016) – Since 2001, no school Division I school in Indiana has more NCAA Tournament wins than Butler with 17. Saturday night, the Bulldogs hope to add another one, by knocking off number one seed Virginia in Raleigh.
Senior guard Roosevelt Jones expects a grudge match.
” They are a defensive minded team, they are going to try and slow the pace down on us,” Jones said. “We got to be mentally focused and ready to guard them for 30 seconds a possession and take away things they want on the other end of the floor.”
While defense is a key, offense can’t be forgotten.
“We’ve got to be sticking our shot when we get the opportunity,” added senior guard Kellen Dunham.
As far as being underdogs in the match-up, Butler players are accustomed to it by now and embrace it.
“We have the upmost confidence in ourselves and that’s all that matters,” explains Junior Forward Andrew Chrabascz. Everyone else looks down on us and everything. Obviously, we see it and hear it. We let it fester a little bit but we keep an even keel and just play our game.”
Virginia isn’t taking the Dawgs lightly.
“They are unlike any team we’ve played this year,” says UVA senior Anthony Gill. “They have a really versatile lineup, guys that can play multiple positions.”
“It’s going to be fun no matter what, ” says Chrabascz. “Just bring your defense and your hard hat.”
Tipoff is slated for 7:10 p.m. at the PNC Center in Raleigh.