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Notre Dame survives Butler in overtime to reach Sweet 16

PITTSBURGH — There was so much Notre Dame got wrong here Saturday night — scant production from their interior scorers, overall field-goal droughts of nearly six minutes in the first half and seven minutes in the second — that it’s a wonder the Irish aren’t heading home for a long, lonely spring.

But they’re not. America will have to deal with the imperfections of the Midwest Region’s No. 3 seed, which pulled off a 67-64 overtime victory over sixth-seeded Butler in a game of fits and starts, sputters and wheezes, defensive stands and just enough offense to determine a victor. Read more