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In his words: Butler coach Brad Stevens talks on NCAA defeat

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Bulldogs bothered by Marquette pressure

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 1:11 am

Butler fell to Marquette 74-72 on Saturday in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena.

Bulldog coach Brad Stevens spoke with the media following the defeat.

On Marquette's play in second half:

"I thought the difference in the game was just the level of pressure that they put on us in the second half and certainly the shots they made.

"They had a few that I didn't think were going in that bounced in, and they had a few that probably were better looks than that didn't go in. Just kind of the way the game works."

On Roosevelt Jones' shot being negated:

"They said that one of our players' hands touched the rim, which is a violation, and that's why the basket didn't count and then - they said they confirmed it from the videotape, so I believe them."

On the Bulldogs' final play:

"They had mixed up zone to man all game side out. Lot of times they went zone to man and we had a couple of looks, and the way that they aligned, they switched their match-ups so they put Gardner on the ball and matched everybody else accordingly. I think our guys mistook that for zone.

"We probably didn't have guys that were in the right spots, but that's part of it. That's one of the reasons why you don't want to put yourself in that position with 2.4 seconds.

"Also, I need to do a better job simplifying it for them out of that timeout. Ultimately, that one will eat at me. That's for sure."

On what was needed vs. Marquette pressure

"You have to make plays off of the bounce or you have to make plays into the post and it's hard to scoreon Otule, Gardner one-on-one.

"It's hard for our fours to score on them one-on-one. So we had to become a driving team. We did it okay. (But) We clearly turned it over too much in the second half."

On the play of Golden Eagle guard Vander Blue:

"He's had 50 in two games on us. Pretty unique. Not many guys have gotten 50 against Butler in two games.

"He made big shots. He made huge 3s in the corner late.

"Just a hard guy to stop. I was fortunate enough to be his court coach when he tried out for the (USA) 18-under team a few years back and he made the team. I really liked him then and I think he's a really good player.

"His speed is a separator."