Saturday , Mar , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bulldogs tangle with Terps in NCAA Tournament second-round action

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – A couple of higher seeds from the Midwest
Region move on to the second round of the 69th annual NCAA Tournament this
afternoon as the Butler Bulldogs and the Maryland Terrapins collide at HSBC
Arena in Buffalo.

The Terps, who won the national title back in 2002, trailed by as many as
eight points against Davidson in the first round on Thursday afternoon,
but the fourth seed then turned up the pressure after the break and cruised
to the 12-point win to move to 36-20 in the tournament all-time.

As for the Bulldogs, who are now an even 6-6 in this postseason event, they
too started out slow in the early going versus Old Dominion in what was
presumed to be a close matchup. But, after trailing by a point at the break
(20-19), Butler’s offense came out of hiding and guided the fifth-seeded
squad to the 57-46 decision over the Monarchs.

With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood,
this is the first-ever meeting, with the winner moving on to play the winner of
the Florida/Purdue contest in the “Sweet 16”.

Butler needed a boost in the second half against the Monarchs two days ago, and
the team got it in the form of Pete Campbell who stepped in and knocked down a
trio of three-point baskets during a 17-0 run by the Bulldogs that put the game
out of reach versus ODU. With the victory the school established a new record
with 28 victories in a single season, as Campbell finished with nine points in
just 14 minutes off the bench. A.J. Graves recorded a game-high 18 points for
the Bulldogs, converting 5-of-6 chances at the free-throw line, while Mike
Green and Brandon Crone accounted for another 14 and 12 points, respectively,
with the former clearing a team-high 10 rebounds as well. Defensively, the
Bulldogs held ODU to a mere 32.7 percent shooting from the field and 4-of-20
behind the three-point line. Graves continues to be the scoring catalyst for
the program with his 17.0 ppg, while Green seems to be the player who can do it
all for the Bulldogs with his 14.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 134 assists. The output by
Campbell showed how critical he can be to the team’s success, but he’s not
always the most reliable option, seeing as how he’d gone from putting up just
nine points against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the beginning of February and then
turned around five days later to tally a season-high 28 points versus Cleveland
State in just 22 minutes of action.

Maryland went from shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half to just
40 percent in the second, but more importantly, the squad clamped down on
Davidson defensively and limited the Wildcats to a mere 10-of-34 from the
floor, including a pitiful 3-of-17 behind the three-point line. The Terps
worked the ball around to everyone on the floor, resulting in six players
scoring in double figures. Mike Jones led the way with 17 points, shooting 3-
of-7 behind the three-point line, while Ekene Ibekwe registered a double-double
with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out. To help overcome
an unsightly 22 turnovers on the afternoon, Maryland dominated the glass to the
tune of a 54-35 advantage versus Davidson. James Gist and D.J. Strawberry both
put up 12 points and eight rebounds, while combining for nine dishes, while
Bambale Osby and Greivis Vasquez checked in with 11 and 10 points,
respectively. After 33 games, Strawberry still leads the team in scoring with
his 15.1 ppg, but Jones has stepped up his production in a big way, leading the
squad in scoring in each of the last four outings to boost his average to 13.5
ppg. More importantly, he continues to give the unit a three-point threat who
is shooting 42.7 percent.