Butler Climbs To No. 16 In National Polls
Butler, fresh from a championship at the 2007 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, has climbed to No. 16 in both major college basketball polls released Monday, Nov. 26. It marks the third straight week that Butler has been ranked in the "Top 25" and the first time the Bulldogs have cracked the "Top 20" since last season.
Butler moved up from No. 22 in the Associated Press (A.P.) poll and up from No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Bulldogs are one of just five teams in the "Top 25" already owning six wins. North Carolina (5-0) remains No. 1 in the A.P. poll, while UCLA (6-0) has taken over sole possession of the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
A year ago, Butler was ranked in the "Top 25" for a school- and Horizon League-record 16 consecutive weeks.
Butler's jump in the polls was fueled by a strong showing at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Bulldogs claimed the team title with consecutive victories over Michigan, 79-65, Virginia Tech, 84-78 (OT), and Texas Tech, 81-71. Butler never trailed in the championship game and led by as many as 14 points late in the contest.
Senior guard Mike Green sparked the Bulldogs against Texas Tech with 23 points and seven assists. He also scored 23 points in the victory over Virginia Tech, including 12 of Butler's 16 points in overtime, and he posted 14 points, five rebounds and eight assists against Michigan. Green was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player at the conclusion of the championship game.
Joining Green on the All-Tournament team were teammates Pete Campbell and A. J. Graves. Campbell scored 18 points against Michigan, 26 against Virginia Tech and 12 against Texas Tech, while Graves notched 17 points each against Michigan and Virginia Tech and 18 against Texas Tech.
Completing the All-Tournament team were John Roberson and Alan Voskuil of Texas Tech, Matt Bouldin of Gonzaga, Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech, Courtney Lee of Western Kentucky, Manny Harris of Michigan, Carl Arts of Alaska Anchorage and Kellen Williams of Eastern Washington.