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The Morning After: Butler Bulldogs

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What the media is saying about the Hoyas

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OT losses becoming too familiar for Butler
"That's a very difficult team to play against," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "To us, it was Big East basketball. We were fortunate to come out on the winning end because that could have gone either way."

Three Thoughts on Georgetown’s Win Over Butler « Rush The Court
Even without Smith and Trawick and the foul trouble it experienced throughout the game, Georgetown was able to use its size advantage to throw Butler off. The Hoyas finished with a 43-36 rebounding advantage (including a 23-12 advantage in the first half); they blocked five shots, and held Butler to just 33.3% shooting from the field. Georgetown’s physicality and relentlessness on the boards was illustrated by the fact that all eight players who answered the bell for John Thompson III finished the night with at least three rebounds.

Georgetown basketball: Shorthanded Hoyas find a way to slip past Butler in overtime - The Washington Post
“We knew it was going to be a tough game coming in,” said Smith-Rivera, who won an Indiana state title as a sophomore at North Central High. “We knew it was going to be tough with the matchups. Just kind of [followed] the message earlier this week to be prepared and come out with some intensity

Instant analysis: Gritty Hoyas win wild one at Butler | Comcast SportsNet Washington
'Vauntes Smith-Rivera carried the offense during regulation with 18 points and had another stat-stuffing effort with seven rebounds and five assists. Starks misfired for the opening 39 minutes, but had eight of his 15 points over the final 5:16 including overtime. Bowen scored 11 points.

Butler suffers a third overtime defeat in Big East play, drops to 0-4 | CollegeBasketballTalk
The difference for Butler on Saturday night? Three-point shooting. After going 8-for-14 from beyond the arc in their double overtime loss to DePaul the Bulldogs shot 2-for-21 from distance against Georgetown, and while the Hoyas (4-for-20) weren’t much better they made up for it by making 56.8% of their two-point attempts. By comparison Butler shot 48.7% from two, and while that wouldn’t qualify as a “bad” percentage in close games that can make the difference when struggling from deep as the Bulldogs did.

G L I D E H O Y A S: My thoughts on Hoyas "Gritty" 70-67 overtime win over Butler
It always great to see the former Hoyas come out and support the alma-mater. Thanks Big Roy you were going hard for your boys, the Hoyas!  Your support is always a blessing,