The Butler Bulldogs’ hopes of an NCAA tournament bid are all but a pipe dream at this point as they were routed by Providence 80-57 in the first round of the Big East Tournament. Maliek White led the Friars with a career-high 19 points while teammate Alpha Diallo added 18. Providence hit 55-percent from the field and knocked down eleven 3-pointers. For Butler, Jordan Tucker led the team with 14 points off the bench while Aaron Thompson added 12. No other Bulldog scored in double figures as Kamar Baldwin was limited to 8 points and Paul Jorgensen held to 7. “They deserved to win and advance,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan said of Providence. “It’s obviously a tough one to swallow for our group, as you don’t know if it’s going to be the last game or not.” The Bulldogs are now in wait and see mode but it doesn’t look promising. They are 16-16 with a 7-11 conference record and went 4-6 in the final 10 games. The Bulldogs have made the tournament the last four straight years.
Notre Dame’s season came to an end as they were throttled by Louisville in the second round of the ACC Tournament 75-53. Jordan Nwora led the Cardinals with 24 points and nine rebounds while Ryan McMahon added 12 points and five assists off the bench. It wasn’t the prettiest offensive game for either team as Louisville led the way with 39-percent shooting from the field but they dominated on the second chance opportunities as they outrebounded the Irish 50-38. For Notre Dame, T.J. Gibbs led with 21 points and Juwan Durham added 12 points and nine boards off the bench as Louisville held Notre Dame’s leading scorer John Mooney to just seven points and 12 rebounds. The Irish finish the season at 14-19 and just 3-15 in conference play