Butler made ISU look a step or two slower at every position. And while they did make some midrange jump shots, they also missed quite a few open shots but pounded the boards repeatedly until scoring, which brings me to my main point:
I have been a big Carl Richard fan since I first saw him his freshman season. I am always amazed (and frustrated) at the other board's repeated criticism of Carl: not enough points, not enough rebounds, not a leader, does not defend well enough etc. They are watching a different game and player than I am.
I feel he was the one player we could not afford to have out of the lineup in a big game. He brings the toughness, defense and rebounding to the lineup that really can not be replaced by anyone else. I think his absence just put the whole team out of rhythm, seriously weakened the rebounding balance and add Butler's defense.
Might not have won with Carl in the lineup, but I think it would have been a lot closer.