Some observations from the Ballroom. 1) Kudos to Coach Matta for taking a chance on playing Manny the last 4 mins of first half with 2 fouls. A fellow alumni followed Collier into the game and he indicated that Butler ranked in bottom 30 D-1 schools for using players with 2 fouls in the first half of games. It appears he/Matta had a chat. 2) Kudos to Connor for soldiering on for over 8 mins. Did he look like a freshman, of course. Was he uncertain of where to be on offense, of course. But the kid had two really impressive blocks and was effective (ish) at plugging the middle. He anchored the middle for 8 mins, look dead on his feet after 6 mins but hung in there. Proud of his effort. A huge learning experience for the kid, 3) Manny overcompensated in the second half and was too passive for about 15 mins. Fortunately he went for it down the stretch and played much more aggressively....while picking up two fouls and having the monster game winner jam. 4) The word must be out to put pressure and muscle on Harris. TN and now BYU both used lots of pressure, clutching, grabbing and hacking to wear down Harris. He has yet to respond well to this type of defense on him. Can he get over that hump? TBD. 5) Simas worked his ass off. Was it his most effective game? No. But without his effort, play making and free throws, this one goes into the L column. Hunter was passing off to Simas crossing the time line to start plays the last 8 mins of the game. I found that interesting and don't have an explanation for it. 6) Though Taylor had another stellar game (and his shot selection is improving...yet he still has never seen a shot he doesn't like) with his 20 points, the huge contribution was from Hunter who really stepped up. I looked up in the final two mins of the game and realized Hunter had 19 points and was amazed by his output. 7) As others have noted, the Dawgs were in "Gritty not Pretty" mode the middle 10 mins of the second half after the BYU 12-0 blitz. They had ever opportunity to lose patience and composure again. They didn't fold up this time. Matta called one time-out to slow the bleeding and then let them play through it and figure it out. Clearly they had discussed exactly this situation after the TN meltdown. The composure and comeback to take the lead were classic Butler. Enough for now. We are off to the Lagoon and Pool until the Championship game and then Butler's 5th place game. BTW, after the Butler Thanksgiving brunch we made the last 6 mins of regulation and OT between Kansas and Wisconsin. From our vantage point, the offensive rebound/basket with 1 second on the clock in OT was from a player that stepped out of bounds, then got the rebound basket. The Wisconsin fans are still very bitter. It helps to have that Jayhawk on the front of your Jersey....there are a million of them here.