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SALT LAKE CITY — Fond memories washed over Celtics coach Brad Stevens when he entered EnergySolutions Arena for shootaround early Monday.
“When I walked in, it gave me chills,” he said before the Celtics faced the Utah Jazz. “One of the greatest sporting moments that I’ve ever been apart of [happened here].”
In the 2010 NCAA Tournament, fifth-seeded Butler, then coached by Stevens, faced top-seeded Syracuse in the West Regional semifinals here.
Behind 17 points from former Bulldog and current Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, Butler pulled off a 63-59 upset to advance to its first regional finals appearance.
In the next game, Butler faced second-seeded Kansas State — and the Bulldogs pulled another upset, advancing to the Final Four back home in Indianapolis after a 63-56 win.