By MIKE McCURRY It had been a while since the No. 1 team in the country played at Hinkle Fieldhouse–1953, in fact.No. 18 Butler took advantage of the rare opportunity on Wednesday, as the Bulldogs protected their homecourt by knocking off No. 1 and previously unbeaten Villanova, 66-58, snapping the Wildcats’ 20-game winning streak in the process. Kethan Savage and Andrew Chrabascz each scored 13 points to lead Butler, who improved to 2-5 all-time versus No. 1 ranked teams. The first of those wins came in December 2012 against Indiana. Butler, which less than a week ago suffered a road loss at St. John’s before being forced to make an emergency landing on the team flight home, added another marquee win to its top-notch resume, which already featured victories over Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Northwestern. Butler coach Chris Holtmann improved to 1-4 against Jay Wright.
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No way is Kamar Baldwin letting Villanova steal the lead. Bulldogs are up 62-56 with 30 seconds left.. pic.twitter.com/XPxr9EU5XT— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 5, 2017