Butler finds help from 2 surprising freshmen

MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer
Butler's Khyle Marshall reacts with Ronald Nored after Marshall made a basket during overtime of the NCAA Southeast regional college basketball championship game against Florida Saturday, March 26, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Butler's Khyle Marshall reacts with Ronald Nored after Marshall made a basket during overtime of the NCAA Southeast regional college basketball championship game against Florida Saturday, March 26, 2011, in New Orleans.

Khyle Marshall and Crishawn Hopkins have found a way to help Butler this postseason.

Just play their game.

Without the two freshmen, there's a good chance the Bulldogs might not be preparing to play Virginia Commonwealth in Saturday night's national semifinal.

Marshall's ability to grab rebounds and score on putbacks coupled with Hopkins' ability to take defenders off the dribble were key reasons Butler rallied from an 11-point, second-half deficit to upset second-seeded Florida last weekend.

Now, suddenly, the little-used Hopkins and Marshall, who is still learning the system, are getting almost as much attention as Butler's older starters.