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Chris Flanagan

You have to hand it to the tournament committee: They really do their homework and try to create good matchups in the first round. 
 
What Butler does well, Texas doesn't, and vice versa. Butler is terrible at getting defensive rebounds which plays perfectly into the size advantage that Texas has. Butler is very good at shooting 3 pointers, which Texas is terrible at defending. 
 
At the end of the day, Stewart Mandel said it best: 

"Texas will upset Butler in the Round of 64 because it’s written in the Texas constitution that Rick Barnes will always do just enough to keep the school from firing him. Notre Dame will eliminate the ’Horns a round later, but Barnes will get an extension, causing Texas hoops fans to befriend Iowa football fans for support."
 
March madness is March Madness though. I wouldn't be shocked if Northeastern pulled the upset and Texas somehow lucked into the Sweet Sixteen. Rick Barnes is like that person who should have been fired years ago but somehow when they are an inch away from the band saw, they do just enough to save their job. It frustrates everyone. Rick Barnes will get the win, make his case that its bad to fire a coach who got to the Round of 32, and promises a better team next season. 
 
But at least you can play hookey at work and catch a Texas win at the bar.
 

Texas 65

Butler 58

 

 

Corey Elliot

It goes back to talent, and Texas has way more of it than Butler. There is no reason the Longhorns, given their size and abilities, should struggle with a smaller Butler team that relies heavily on the 3 point line. Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann is a damn good coach. Rick Barnes has some success in his tenure, but we all know he isn’t getting it done right now. The chess match that is coaching will be interesting to see, but in the end, Barnes has more talent and if he will give his talent free reign to shine, the Longhorns hold the advantage.

 

Texas 70

Butler 58

 

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i think we'll lead by double digits early in the second half. the lead will be cut to 3 with just seconds to go. we'll have the ball, dribble it off our foot. Butler will attempt a desparation 3 which goes AND we foul the shooter at the buzzer and we lose by one. Barnes will look deflated.

 

 

or we win by 10+.
 

 

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i think we'll lead by double digits early in the second half. the lead will be cut to 3 with just seconds to go. we'll have the ball, dribble it off our foot. Butler will attempt a desparation 3 which goes AND we foul the shooter at the buzzer and we lose by one. Barnes will look deflated.

 

 

or we win by 10+.

 

 

Gosh Street, that description seems very possible and similar to what we have seen in other games this season.  Let's hope the Horns are ON and your alternative happens.

 

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