INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 15: Alex Barlow #3(center) of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates with Kameron Woods #31 and Khyle Marshall #23 after the game against the Indiana Hoosiers during Boston Scientific Close The Gap Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 15, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler won 88-86 in overtime. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Updated: January 17, 2013 6:53AM
INDIANAPOLIS — With three of his top players on the bench after fouling out and the score tied in overtime, Butler coach Brad Stevens was just looking for someone to make a play.
Enter Alex Barlow, a non-scholarship sophomore whose driving layup helped the Bulldogs knock off No. 1 Indiana, 88-86, in the first game of Saturday’s Crossroads Classic.
“I didn’t feel like we could call a set, because I didn’t think we could dribble it around until 8 or 9 seconds (were left) because of the pressure,” Stevens said. “So let’s just get into movement and see if we can figure out a way to get a basket.”
“I was looking for the options and they weren’t open,” Barlow said. “I saw the clock get to about six (seconds), so I decided to make a play.”
With Cody Zeller and Christian Watford out of the game for defensive purposes, there was no one at the basket to alter or block Barlow’s floater. It bounced around the rim and in, leaving the Hoosiers 2.5 seconds to try to hit a miracle shot.
Jordan Hulls’ 3-pointer flew awry, and the Bulldogs notched a win over a No. 1 team for the first time in school history.
“I was talking to my dad before the game, you grow up, in the back yard with your hoop, just dreaming of playing against the No. 1 team, last-second shot, shooting it, but not in my wildest dreams did I really think that would be it,” said Barlow, who had scored 18 points in 24 prior games with the Bulldogs (8-2).
Indiana coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers’ defensive set was based on Butler using high ball screens on previous plays.
“They were running a lot of high ball screens in that situation and at the end of regulation,” Crean said. “We wanted to continue to have that switching, because it was going to either be a drive or a 3, and everybody had to do what they had to do.”
So no Zeller or Watford for IU on the final defensive possession for the Hoosiers (9-1), but Crean said he didn’t regret the play call.
There could be plenty of regrets in practice this week for the Hoosiers, who were outrebounded 40-38 by the Bulldogs. Butler took advantage of its second-chance points as well, outscoring IU 27-17 in that category.
“Bottom line, we didn’t rebound as well today,” Crean said. “I’m excited about the rebounding drills we’re going to do. I’m not sure there’s a lot of people that will be sharing that joy with me, but I know I’ll be excited about it, because that’s an area we need to shore up for ourselves.”
Rotnei Clarke led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Roosevelt Jones (16 points and 12 rebounds), Andrew Smith (12 points) and Erik Fromm (10 points) all scored in double-figures for Butler before fouling out. Khyle Marshall added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 1-4 all-time against No. 1 teams.
Zeller and Victor Oladipo each scored 18 to lead the Hoosiers. Will Sheehey scored 13, Yogi Ferrell added 12 points and Watford scored 10 for IU.