Butler gears up for Cross Roads Classic: A walk on story

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Written by: Marko Tomich

Two years ago and some change Butler made a splash in the Cross Roads Classic. A Walk-on point guard by the name of Alex Barlow hit a game winning shot over the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers lifting Butler over Indiana 88-86.

Barlow’s game-winning shot against Indiana two years ago was a finalist for the 2012-13 Geico Play of the Year.The name Alex NCAA Basketball: Crossroads Classic-Butler vs. IndianaBarlow has slowly become a household name for Butler fans ever since his faithful floater toppled the Hoosiers. Now two years later Barlow is starting, a senior and a leader for the Dawgs.

Barlow’s minor role two years ago has flourished into a full time gig where has started 43 consecutive games for the Bulldogs. The former walk-on has 64 career starts at Butler.

Barlow has always been portrayed as a defender, he is currently second in the Big East in steals a game (2.8), but in his senior year has developed an offensive game.

Barlow is averaging a career-high 7.5 points per game more than triple the total of his sophomore season when he knocked off Indiana.

If Barlow scores five points against the Hoosiers he will have matched his entire sophomore year total (80), in just his first 11 games this year.

Barlow and the Bulldogs will be coming off a bad loss to Tennessee after blowing a 12-point lead in the second half.

Second half trailing is an uncharacteristic move by the Dawgs who haven’t trailed in the second half of a game since November.

Butler is the lone team that has yet to lose the Cross Road Classic although of their three wins were decided by less than six points. Butler is 9-2 all together at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Forward Austin Etherington is facing his former collegiate team for the first time.  A graduate student, Etherington transferred to Butler from Indiana this year. Etherington is the only player to play at both schools.

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