Butler Rumors & News

  • Butler extends Holtmann through 2024-25 season

    ESPN "Butler intends to keep the coach who led the Bulldogs back to the Sweet 16 around for the foreseeable future. Coach Chris Holtmann's contract has been extended, now running through the 2024-25 season. Holtmann, who led the Bulldogs to their first Sweet 16 since 2011 -- which came under..." April 28

  • North Carolina handles Butler to reach Elite Eight

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Part of winning championships in March is getting an unexpected great game from a role player. North Carolina got just that Friday night from reserve forward Luke Maye. Playing the best game of his career, the sophomore achieved his first double-double with 16 points..." March 24

  • Martin leads Butler past Middle Tennessee and into Sweet 16

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Coming into the NCAA Tournament, the Butler Bulldogs weren't aiming for a deep run as much as they were focused on a methodical, step-by-step approach. They can cross another step off their list. Kelan Martin scored 19 points and Andrew Chrabascz added 15 as the..." March 18

  • Butler Bulldog banned from NCAA games at Milwaukee's Bradley Center

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Not even a ticket could get Butler's bulldog into the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Milwaukee. Butler University may be playing in Saturday night's second round against Middle Tennessee State at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, but the school's live mascot, a 5-year-old, 65-pound English..." March 18

  • Butler Bulldog banned from NCAA games at Milwaukee's Bradley Center

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Not even a ticket could get Butler's bulldog into the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Milwaukee. Butler University may be playing in Saturday night's second round against Middle Tennessee State at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, but the school's live mascot, a 5-year-old, 65-pound English..." March 18

  • Woodson shoots Butler past Winthrop

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Butler guard Avery Woodson spent much of the Bulldogs' allowed practice time Wednesday bundled up in a cold-weather parka as temperatures in Milwaukee hovered around the freezing mark. But Thursday, when fifth-seeded Butler faced No. 13 Winthrop in an NCAA Tournament South..." March 16

  • Xavier scores key upset of No. 18 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "Trevon Bluiett knew what the situation called for, but he wanted to be a little bit diplomatic. With the score tied and Xavier's season on the line, the junior also knew it wasn't a time to be timid. Musketeers coach Chris Mack drew up a play for his standout guard and Bluiett drained..." March 09

  • Seton Hall knocks off No. 13 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Seton Hall found itself in a 10-point hole at Butler with seven-plus minutes to go. During a subsequent timeout, Pirates coach Kevin Willard said he told his players to calm down and just get a few stops. Junior guard Khadeen Carrington also provided motivation. "I told..." March 04

  • No. 22 Butler bests Xavier behind Martin's 25

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The Butler Bulldogs have plenty of basketball yet to play, but coach Chris Holtmann doesn't want to diminish what his team accomplished this week with road wins against No. 2 Villanova and Xavier. "At some point, the guys will look back at this week and be incredibly proud of..." February 26

  • No. 22 Butler ends No. 2 Villanova's 48-game home winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Butler's formula for sweeping Villanova and ending its 48-game home winning streak was simple. "Our guys got in a rhythm and made some open shots," said Butler coach Chris Holtmann after a stunning 74-66 victory Wednesday night at The Pavilion. Kelan Martin had 22..." February 23

  • Fowler, Martin propel No. 24 Butler past DePaul

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- As much as anything, a willingness to accept roles has No. 24 Butler in second place to No. 2 Villanova in the Big East Conference and solidly in the NCAA tournament field. On Sunday, for example, three of the Bulldogs' four double-digit scorers were on the bench when the..." February 19

  • No. 24 Butler pours it on in blowout of St. John's

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Avery Woodson triggered an offensive explosion for Butler on Wednesday night. Woodson, a graduate transfer, sank 6 of 10 3-point attempts en route to a season-high 20 points in No. 24 Butler's 110-86 rout of St. John's in Big East action at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The..." February 16

  • Providence upsets No. 22 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ed Cooley isn't letting wins and losses alter his perception of his team's growth. Providence had lost two straight and four of five entering Saturday's game against No. 22 Butler, but the Friars coach insisted his team was making progress. That progress was put on..." February 11

  • No. 22 Butler rebounds with win over Marquette

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- With a two-game losing streak and a week to prepare for Marquette, the Butler Bulldogs relied on their seniors to set the tone during practice. And when it looked as if a late-game swoon would doom the Bulldogs to their first-ever three-game losing streak during the Chris..." February 08

  • No. 22 Creighton uses 3-pointers to beat No. 16 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Creighton coach Greg McDermott figured it was only a matter of time before his team starting hitting 3-pointers. "We're struggled shooting after leading the country in 3-point shooting (44.5 percent) during the nonconference season," said McDermott, whose team shot just 30..." January 31

  • Peak helps Georgetown jolt No. 11 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Georgetown coach John Thompson III had a quick one-word answer for his team's blistering shooting percentage on Saturday night. "Rhythm," Thomson said. The Hoyas shot 72.7 percent in the second half en route to an 85-81 upset of No. 11 Butler in Big East action at..." January 28

  • No. 11 Butler beats Seton Hall to tie Villanova atop Big East

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- Andrew Chrabascz bounced back from his first scoreless outing in 105 games to score 16 points in No. 11 Butler's 61-54 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday at Prudential Center. The Bulldogs (18-3) are now tied with Villanova for first place in the Big East at 7-2. Butler..." January 26

  • No. 13 Butler escapes in OT at DePaul

    The Sports Xchange "ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Butler coach Chris Holtmann might be perplexed with how his team has started its last three games. But there's no complaint about the outcomes as the No. 13 Bulldogs rallied to catch the host Blue Demons late in regulation and claim a 70-69 Big East win in overtime at..." January 21

  • No. 13 Butler storms back, stuns Marquette

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- The Butler basketball team got the message loud and clear from coach Chris Holtmann at halftime. "At halftime Coach was very upset with us defensively and offensively in the first half," junior forward Kelan Martin said. "We know we could guard better. We had to take better..." January 16

  • No. 12 Butler slips past No. 15 Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- It was tale of two halves for both Butler and freshman Kamar Baldwin. The freshman guard scored all of his career-high 21 points in the second half to lead the No. 12 Bulldogs to an 83-78 victory over No. 15 Xavier in a Big East Conference game on Saturday at Hinkle..." January 14

  • No. 8 Creighton topples No. 12 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "OMAHA, Neb. -- Another efficient performance from the field, paired with a better-than-usual showing at the defensive end, led No. 8 Creighton to a 75-64 Big East Conference basketball victory over No. 12 Butler on Wednesday. The Bluejays (16-1, 4-1 Big East) are enjoying a historic week. On..." January 12

  • Butler's court-storming fine to support bone-marrow transplants

    Indianapolis Star "Butler is donating the $5,000 it is being fined by the Big East to Be The Match, a bone marrow registry that became an important cause to the late Andrew Smith. The Big East announced Sunday night it would fine Butler for Wednesday’s postgame court-storming after the Bulldogs defeated..." January 09

  • Butler experiences plane issue for 2nd week in a row

    ESPN "The Butler men's basketball team will stay the night in Washington, D.C., after a mechanical issue grounded its charter flight back to Indianapolis. The team tweeted a statement that read: "The team never boarded our flight this evening. Mechanical issue has grounded the plane for tonight. We..." January 08

  • No. 18 Butler holds off Georgetown in OT

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- No doubt Butler coach Chris Holtmann feared a letdown entering Saturday's road matchup at Georgetown, the first game after the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Villanova. Holtmann's players had other ideas. Kamar Baldwin scored 16 points and No. 18 Butler capped its high-profile week with..." January 07

  • Butler ends No. 1 Villanova's 20-game streak

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler was credited with eight assists against No. 1 Villanova Wednesday night. Bulldogs coach Chris Holtmann figures it should be one more for the crowd. "It was an unbelievable environment," Holtmann said. "The loudest I ever heard HInkle (Fieldhouse) and it's gotten loud..." January 04

  • Martin's 15 points lead as No. 13 Butler tops Providence

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Perhaps the thing Butler coach Chris Holtmann liked best about his team finally getting over the hump against Providence was the team's balanced scoring assault. Four Bulldogs cracked double figures and eight scored six or more points. "It was good to see," Holtmann said. "We..." January 01

  • Butler forced to land early after plane loses cabin pressure

    CBS Sports "Butler's basketball team commuted back to Indianapolis by coach bus Friday afternoon after a plane malfunction forced the team's charter flight to make an emergency landing early in the morning. Butler left from New York's LaGuardia Airport after suffering a 76-73 upset at St. John's on..." December 30

  • Ponds' 26 helps St. John's upset No. 13 Butler

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- After two straight quality wins, St. John's is headed in the right direction after suffering through a dismal last season. The Red Storm knocked off No. 13 Butler 76-73 behind 26 points from Shamorie Ponds in the Big East Conference opener for both teams before 5,602 at..." December 29

  • No. 13 Butler eases past Vermont

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler senior forward Andrew Chrabascz was quick to share the credit for his offensive explosion on Wednesday night "The guys were finding great opportunities for me to score, back to the basket on that block is a great spot for me," Chrabascz said. "Coach (Chris Holtmann)..." December 21

  • No. 18 Butler knocks off No. 9 Indiana

    The Sports Xchange "Butler's Kelan Martin was the focal point of the No. 18 Bulldogs' 83-78 Crossroads Classic victory against No. 9 Indiana on Saturday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse at Indianapolis, but his most valuable moment came as a decoy at the suggestion of teammate Andrew Chrabascz. After Indiana's James..." December 17

  • No. 16 Butler outclasses No. 22 Cincinnati

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time this season, Butler junior forward Kelan Martin didn't start. After an off-game in one-point loss to Indiana State, Martin scored 20 points to lead No. 16 Butler to a 75-65 victory over No. 22 Cincinnati on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. "It was a..." December 10

  • Indiana State hands No. 16 Butler first loss

    The Sports Xchange "TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State junior guard Brenton Scott was ready to put his skills on display against No. 16 Butler. "He's hard-headed," Sycamores coach Greg Lansing said. "He's so competitive. He just thinks he can beat you. He thinks he can get a basket. It doesn't matter who is..." December 07

  • Martin scores 30 as Butler routs Central Arkansas

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler coach Chris Holtmann knew junior forward Kelan Martin was much better than a 30 percent 3-point shooter. Prior to Saturday's game, Martin and Holtmann went over the 3-point shot selection he displayed in the first seven games. "He said most were good shots but a..." December 03

  • No. 18 Butler moves to 7-0 with win over Utah

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Butler is not playing like a team predicted to finish in the middle of the Big East before the start of the season. The Bulldogs are tenacious on defense and efficient on offense. It's offered a perfect formula for making life miserable for high-profile Pac-12 teams...." November 29