NCAA Tournament notebook: Butler's Gordon Hayward highlights regional
SALT LAKE CITY — Butler and Kansas State each placed two players on the All-West Region Team.
Gordon Hayward, who led the Bulldogs with 39 points and 14 rebounds over wins against Syracuse and Kansas State, was named the Most Outstanding Player.
"He was real good," said Kansas State coach Frank Martin. "He's a heck of a player."
The sophomore was joined on the region squad by teammate Shelvin Mack, who scored 30 points in the victories.
Kansas State, meanwhile, was represented by guards Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente. Pullen had 28 points in the Wildcats' double overtime win over Xavier on Thursday, while Clemente topped the team with 18 against Butler.
Xavier's Jordan Crawford, who tallied 32 points against K-State, rounded out the team.
HOOSIERS: As expected, Butler players were asked about the movie "Hoosiers," which chronicled the true story of a small-town high school team's rise to the Indiana state championship.
"I can't really tell you how many times I've watched that movie," Hayward said. "I think everyone growing up in Indiana watches that movie. I've lost count."
Teammate Ronald Nored pointed out that it's shown regularly at four weekly sessions of the Brad Stevens Butler Basketball Camp in July.
"It's the most annoying thing I've ever experienced in my life," Nored joked.
Stevens, who was just 10 years old when the film was released, acknowledged he's seen it quite a bit. Friends regularly send him e-mails with quotes from the show.
And that's not all.
"Not a week goes by where somebody who hasn't seen the Field House doesn't walk into the Field House and at least mouth 'Hickory,' " Stevens added.
OUT WEST: Utah won't host any NCAA Tournament games again until the first two rounds in 2013 when Salt Lake and San Jose serve as western hosts.
Opening rounds will be played in Denver and Tucson next year with Albuquerque and Portland hosting games in 2012.
The next three West Regionals are set for Anaheim (2011), Phoenix (2012) and Los Angeles (2013).
CHAMPIONSHIP GEAR: In postgame interviews with CBS, Stevens and the Bulldogs sported some regional championship gear.
"We're going to wear these hats all the way home," Stevens said as Butler heads back to Indianapolis. Instead of just serving as official co-hosts of the Final Four, the Bulldogs will be participating in it for the first time.
RESTORING JAZZTOWN: EnergySolutions Arena crews wasted little time restoring the facility. Utah Jazz signage and banners that were rolled up and/or covered during the NCAA games were back on display shortly after the final game. The Jazz host the New York Knicks on Monday.
FAST BREAKS: Saturday's attendance was 17,587. ... Butler will be the first team since UCLA in 1972 to play a Final Four game in its home city. ... The Bulldogs are the sixth No. 5 seed since 1979 to reach the national semifinals. None, however, have gone on to win the championship. ... K-State was held to a season-low 20 points in the opening half. ... Butler extended the nation's longest active win streak to 24 games.
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