Butler, Notre Dame vie for Sweet 16 spot

Stetson guard Glenn Baral, right, and Notre Dame guard V.J. Beachem chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

PITTSBURGH (WISH) — A trip to the Sweet 16 on the line Saturday night in Pittsburgh as Notre Dame and Butler square off for the first time in the NCAA tournament.

The matchup pits one of the nation’s top offenses vs. one of the nation’s top defenses.

“They can stretch the court out and set so many ball screens,” said Butler forward Andrew Chrabascz. “We’re going to have to be packed in at the same time and close them out really hard. They’re a great offensive team, and it is going to be a challenge for us.”

“Very impressed with how strong and physical they are,” said Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey of Butler. “Certainly, we’ve played against some teams like that, and we’re going to have to be ready to meet the test in the paint.”

A big factor in this one could be Butler’s Roosevelt Jones. He will start for the Bulldogs after spraining his knee against Texas. He said he’s stiff, but feels little pain.

Game time is approximately 9:40 p.m.

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