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