Butler Draws LSU In NCAA Tournament First Round

Head coach Brad Stevens discusses the upcoming NCAA tournament.


Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler opens up its NCAA Tournament run in Greensboro, N.C., as a No. 9 seed on Thursday (March 19) when it takes on No. 8 seed LSU out of the Southeastern Conference in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Bulldogs (26-5), who have been ranked in the Top-25 for much of the 2008-09 season, earn their third-straight trip the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large bid by the selection committee.

Butler will take on the Tigers (26-7), who finished first in the SEC Western Division during the regular season before falling in the conference tournament semifinals to eventual tourney champion Mississippi State.

"My first thought when I saw the bracket unveiled was LSU's really good," head coach Brad Stevens said. "They won the SEC and they won 26 games. When you win 26 games playing in that league and the competition they face, that's pretty impressive.

"I know they have good size and quickness, and they're well-coached by Trent Johnson. They have multiple guys who can put the ball in the basket and they have a big time scorer in Marcus Thornton. It's obviously going to be a huge challenge, but this is the NCAA Tournament, and you expect to be facing really strong teams."

The meeting will be the first between the two schools in men's basketball.

The winner of the Butler-LSU contest will move on to face either top-seeded North Carolina or No. 16-seeded Radford on Saturday (March 21).