After a dominant win over Hampton, Virginia looks to punch its ticket to the second week of the NCAA Tournament with a win over Butler. Here's what you need to know:
Who: No. 1 Virginia (27-7) vs. No. 9 Butler (22-10)
When: 7:10 p.m. ET on TBS
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
1. How they got here
Virginia turned in an impressive 81-45 win over Hampton on Thursday, cruising their way into the second round. Anthony Gill lead the way with 19 points as the Cavaliers shot 55 percent for the game. Virginia's 12 3-pointers set a school record for most in a NCAA Tournament game.
Butler also had a good day from beyond the arc, going 5-for-7 in the second half in their 71-61 first round win over Texas Tech. Kellen Dunham scored 23 points to lead the Bulldogs.
2. Who is Butler?
Butler is in the tournament for the eighth time in 10 years. The most notable runs came in 2010 and 2011 when then head coach Brad Stevens led the Bulldogs to the national championship game in consecutive seasons. Butler remains nationally competitive under head coach Chris Holtmann and have won at least one tournament game in eight of their last nine appearances. Their 19 tournament wins since 2001 are more than every ACC program during that stretch including Syracuse and Louisville.
3. Familiar foes
Saturday's meeting will be the first time Virginia and Butler have met in basketball, but this game will still have a familiar feel to it. First, Butler guard Tyler Lewis faced UVa three times when he was at NC State. Second, both schools owe much of their basketball success to Dick Bennett, Tony Bennett's father.
Butler athletics director Barry Collier visited with Wisconsin-Green Bay head coach Dick Bennett in the 90s to study the program's success. Collier based much of what is called the "Butler Way" on the principals he learned from Bennett. Stevens embraced those principals when he became the head coach in 2007 and Holtmann followed suit in 2013.
Tony Bennett's "Five Pillars" in which he instilled at Virginia were also the creation of his father so Saturday will be a matchup of two teams built on the same foundation, that of Dick Bennett.
4. By the numbers
Virginia enters Saturday's game as the No. 1 team in Ken Pomeroy's rankings while Butler comes in at 37th. One of the biggest discrepancies between the two teams is defensive efficiency in which UVa ranks fourth and the Bulldogs fall to just 117th. Ball security is a major emphasis for both teams as the Cavaliers have the fifth-fewest turnovers in the nation with 315. Butler is tied for 11th with 331.
Virginia had an incredible day shooting on Thursday, going 55.2 percent. That trailed only Indiana and Kansas on the opening day of the tournament. The Bulldogs boast three players who shoot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc in Austin Etherington (44 percent), Kellen Dunham (43 percent) and Jordan Gathers (40 percent).
In addition, Butler point guard Roosevelt Jones is also a player to watch. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Jones is not built like a typical point guard and is the only player in school history to rank in the top 10 in career rebounds, assists and steals.
Virginia and Butler played two common opponents this season in Miami and Villanova. UVa won two out of three against the Hurricanes and beat the Wildcats while the Bulldogs lost all three games, twice to Villanova and once to Miami.
5. No more road block
For those Cavalier fans miffed about seeing Michigan State in the same region once again, March has solved that problem for you as the Spartans fell to Middle Tennessee State on Friday. It is only the eighth time in tournament history that a No. 2 seed has lost to a No. 15 seed. No. 5 Purdue, another potential stumbling block for the Hoos, also lost in the first round to Arkansas-Little Rock. While Virginia still has to be careful not to get caught looking ahead, the Midwest Region now suddenly looks wide open for the Cavaliers.
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