All Butler guard Alex Barlow saw Saturday was space and an opportunity to make a play. So the unlikeliest player on the floor took a chance...
INDIANAPOLIS — All Butler guard Alex Barlow saw Saturday was space and an opportunity to make a play.
So the unlikeliest player on the floor took a chance and made the biggest shot of the game.
When Indiana’s defenders failed to converge on the 5-foot-11 walk-on, Barlow kept right on going through the lane, drove to the basket and hit a spinning 6-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Bulldogs another stunning upset — 88-86 over No. 1 Indiana (9-1) in the Crossroads Classic.
“The floater is a shot I work on a lot and I happened to get a lucky bounce,” Barlow said. “It was a good feeling.”
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Luckily for the Bulldogs (8-2), Barlow was on the floor.
The kid who spurned college scholarship offers to play his best sport, baseball, and opted to come to Butler for only one reason — to learn how to coach basketball from Brad Stevens — showed everyone he can hoop it up, too.
Stevens didn’t hesitate to constantly keep the ball in Barlow’s hands after three key Butler players had already fouled out. The sophomore who had scored only 12 points in nine games this season and 18 in his college career delivered with a series of key plays.
Barlow finished with a career-high six points, came up with a big steal that led to a go-ahead three-pointer late in overtime and finally won it with a shot that bounced off the back of the rim, straight into the air and finally through the net.
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At No. 4 Syracuse 85, Canisius 61
James Southerland broke out of a slump with 21 points as Syracuse (9-0) extended its home winning streak to 29 games — the longest in the nation — and moved coach Jim Boeheim within one victory of 900.
No. 6 Louisville 87,
at Memphis 78
Chane Behanan scored 22 points and Louisville rallied from 16 points down in the first half to beat Memphis.
Louisville (9-1) trailed 25-9 in the first half before pulling out its fourth straight win in this rivalry with a team the Cardinals have played in three conferences. The Big East will be the fourth when Memphis joins in July.
Peyton Siva from Franklin High School added 19 points for Louisville. Memphis (6-3) had five players foul out.
At No. 7 Ohio State 90,
UNC Asheville 72
Sam Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and Ohio State (8-1) made the most of an opportunity to get out and run, beating UNC Asheville (3-7).
At No. 9 Kansas 89, Belmont 60
Ben McLemore and Travis Releford scored 17 points each, Jeff Withey had 14 points and blocked five shots, and Kansas (8-1) cruised past Belmont (6-3).