The top ranked Indiana Hoosiers and the unranked Butler Bulldogs faced off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Boston Scientific Close the Gap Crossroads Classic. Over the last several years this matchup has become a great interstate rivalry. Fans were treated to a great game on Saturday afternoon with the Bulldogs upsetting the #1 ranked Hoosiers 88-86 in overtime.
[Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean gets fired up on the court]
[Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens gets fired up during the game]
This was a very intense game, with both coaches expressing their emotions up and down the sidelines. While, on the court, the Bulldogs played a more intense game with the Hoosiers saving their intensity until the last few minutes of regulation and into the overtime. The sellout crowd of over 19,000 was very loud, and split in half by a line of red and blue.
[Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) gets fouled by Butler Bulldogs guard Jackson Aldridge (11)]
[Indiana Hoosiers forward Will Sheehey (0) and Butler Bulldogs guard Alex Barlow (3) battle for a rebound]
The last 5 minutes of regulation was some of the best basketball I’ve seen played in a long time. Both teams had players stepping up and playing the game of their careers. Indiana’s Victor Oldadipo made a steal on an inbounds pass, spun and dunked the ball to tie the game . Only to be followed up with the Bulldogs running back up court and Chase Stigall hit a wide open three point shot. Indiana freshman Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell couldn’t be outdone, he hit a three point basket at the buzzer that tied the game back up to go into overtime.
[Indiana Hoosier Victor Oladipo playing defense]
[Butler Bulldog Chase Stigall puts up a three point shot]
[Indiana Hoosiers Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell takes a three point shot]
[Indiana Hoosier Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell reacts after turning the ball over late in the game]
[Butler Bulldog Andrew Smith celebrates upsetting the #1 Hoosiers]