Martin, Baldwin lead Butler over Arkansas in Round 1

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Butler dancing again, heading to Detroit to face Arkansas

They shot 80 percent in conference play.

Kelan Martin scored 27 points, and Kamar Baldwin added 24 Friday as No. 10-seed Butler led the entire second half and ran away for a 79-62 victory over No. 7 Arkansas in an NCAA East Region matchup at Little Caesars Arena.

Butler winner advances to Sunday's second round in Detroit against Friday's first-round winner between second-seeded Purdue and 15th-seeded California State-Fullerton with that winner advancing to the East Regional semifinal next week in Boston.

This was the third NCAA Tournament appearance for the Razorbacks in a four-year span.

"His team is very well balanced", Anderson said".

Martin and Baldwin scored 32 points in the second half. But I thought the killer was when those offensive rebounds or rebounds that we had on our hands, they were able to get those. Allowing the Bulldogs to outscore them 43-31. "And when they have an extra opportunity, those are killers for you".

The Arkansas Razorbacks (23-11) are coming from an 84-66 loss to Tennessee in the early round of the SEC tournament.

"We've been working on this all year", Beard said. "So for the fans you get two teams that like to score". Just run them off the line and make them make tough twos, and I think we did a great job of that.

Anderson and his star senior guards, Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford most compare Butler in style with Auburn. There were some open looks, but LaVall Jordan's team did a really good job defending the arc overall.

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"I told everyone we didn't play well, we didn't play our best game, we didn't compete in practice", Martin said, recalling his message following an 87-83 loss to Georgetown on February 13.

Daniel Gafford, a 6-foot-11 freshman, averages 11.9 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds and is tied for 19th nationally with 73 blocked shots.

"We have to make sure we respond and have a good plan for that", Jordan said. "It was all about the next play, as Sean said".

"Stats say they only turn the ball over 11 times a game, "Anderson said". Baldwin has also grabbed nine boards and handed out five assists.

There's not a lot of hype surrounding the Butler and Arkansas basketball programs, but they might end up providing one of the top games in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He said the Big East season prepared his team for a situation like it experienced against Arkansas.

Having won late night SEC Tournament games against SC and Florida Thursday and Friday in St. Louis before Saturday afternoon's loss to Tennessee, the Razorbacks just met as a team upon Sunday night's NCAA Tournament selection.

Jordan, a former Buler player in his first year as coach, has been impressed with Martin's leadership he gained through his experience.

"You are 1-of-68, every has a chance and you throw records out", Jordan said. He was everywhere in his 10 first-half minutes - compiling 4 points, 2 rebounds, a block and a steal.

Butler players said on Sunday that they don't know much about Arkansas other than seeing them play a couple of times on television.

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