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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011: Butler Beats Florida in Overtime

Has the term March Madness ever been more appropriate?

Everyone’s favorite underdog, the Butler Bulldogs, unseat the favored Florida Gators on Saturday night in a stunning overtime upset. Senior Shelvin Mack, the unquestioned leader of Butler’s team now, led the team with 27 points including five in overtime to send Butler to its second straight Final Four appearance.

Florida did all it could to move on to the next round, but they simply could not last another overtime game against a scrappy opponent. Center Vernon Macklin was virtually unstoppable for the Gators in the post, but Butler had just enough to overcome him and the Gators.

Neither team had a very stellar shooting performance, especially on Butler’s side where they were ice cold from three point range.

Butler will move on to the Final Four and face the winner of Kansas and VCU.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.