Updated: Sunday, 17 Mar 2013, 9:10 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 17 Mar 2013, 9:10 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Butler men’s basketball team waited patiently for almost 25 minutes Sunday, before finally learning their fate. The Bulldogs, seeded 6th, will face Bucknell, seeded 11th, in the second round of the tournament in Lexington.
“You’ve got that anxious feeling leading up to 6 o’clock, and once 6 o clock rolls around, you’re just waiting to see when your name’s going to be called,” said Butler junior forward Khyle Marshall. “It’s so much fun.”
“It’s fun every year, even if you’re not playing just because it’s fun to see all these teams and the excitement around the league,” added Butler senior center Andrew Smith. “We’re excited to be back in the tournament.”
While Butler head coach Brad Stevens immediately headed to watch film after the Selection Show, his message to his team was to soak it all in.
“You’re in the big tournament,” said Stevens. “You have a chance to play in the biggest tournament on the biggest stage. There’s only 68 of us that get to do that, and it’s humbling. It’s hard. They should enjoy that.”
The team added that they feel they’ve seen so much in their non-conference and Atlantic-10 season, they’re prepared for anything the tournament may throw at them.
“Coach Stevens put us in a good position, and we play hard every single game, so I feel like when we go in this tournament, we can beat anybody,” said sophomore forward Roosevelt Jones.