The tables were turned on Indiana in December this season. Just over a year ago, the unranked Hoosiers derailed No. 1 Kentucky on a last-second shot. This time it was IU who found itself the top-ranked team in the country, and Butler did the upsetting, 88-86.
Two big shots, ultimately, decided the outcome. The first came off the fingertips of Yogi Ferrell who drained a shot from beyond the arc to tie the game in the waning seconds of regulation. Then, as the game drew to a close, Alex Barlow hit a driving layup for the game winner with 2.3 seconds remaining. Jordan Hulls’ halfcourt bomb went begging, and the Butler bench rushed the floor.
Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo led the way for the Hoosiers with 18 points apiece. Will Sheehey and Ferrell also booked double figure with 13 and 12, respectively. However, 11 missed FTs and 13 turnovers came back to haunt Indiana.
The Bulldogs placed five players in double digits paced by Rotnei Clarke with a game-high 19 points. Butler’s star, however, proved to be Roosevelt Jones who amassed 16 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes before fouling out.
Indiana fell to 9-1, and Butler improved to 8-2 on the season.