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Da'Sean Butler

Buzzer beaters. Game winners. Prayers. Call them what you will, but there’s something indescribably enjoyable about seeing these acts; unless, of course, your team is on the receiving end of such a thing. When they happen in March, it’s even bigger and in some cases, much more painful. Just ask Mike Cronin, Dion Dixon, Lance Stephenson and anyone else affiliated with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Da’Sean Butler delivered such a (gifted?) gem in the Garden last night, and while he needed some good fortune to even get a chance at the shot, when the opportunity came, Butler simply gave the fans the best “Onions!!!!!!” play he could.

One thing’s for sure: The crowd loved it.

To quote an old school NBA tag line, “March Madness action. It’s FAN-tastic.”

Butler’s “the bank is open” heroics paves the way for an intriguing Notre Dame/West Virginia match up. The Irish have been playing good ball in the tournament, and with Harangody back in the fold and performing well, the game promises to be something to see. Granted, neither the Mountaineers or the Irish are scoring at an incredibly high rate — Notre Dame is averaging just under 60 points in two tournament games, and WVU only scored 54 against the Bearcats — it promises to be hard-fought, at the very least.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rejuvenated Irish pull the upset.