In a game that was back and forth the whole time, it was the Hoos that were ultimately able to put together one final run and advance to their second Sweet Sixteen in the last three years. The story of the game in the first half was Virginia's inability to hold onto the ball and the inability to make shots. Both were corrected in the second half as Virginia started the half on a torrid pace, scoring on each of their first six possessions.
Marial Shayok provided a spark for the Hoos early in the second half and contributed 12 points on the night. Butler had no answer for Anthony Gill as he had 17 points on 6-8 shooting. Malcolm Brogdon led the way for the Hoos with 22 points, but it was his impact on the defensive end that was the turning point.
Butler Forward Andrew Chrabascz was nuts in the first half and the first five minutes of the second half scoring 25 points including at one time shooting 9-11 from the field on 4-4 shooting from three. That is until Brogdon switched to cover him. Chrabascz didn't score from that point on. In fact, he only took two more shots as Brogdon gave him very little room to run.
Virginia advances to the Sweet Sixteen where they will take on the Iowa State Cyclones who defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 78-61. Game time will be announced later this weekend.