Mack taunts Milwaukee fans with Aaron Rodgers’ belt celebration

If the opportunity to secure an NCAA bid didn't provide Butler with sufficient motivation entering Tuesday night's Horizon League title game, one of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's top players offered added incentive.

Senior Anthony Hill responded to a good-luck tweet from Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Tuesday morning, promising to unveil his version of the Packers star's famous championship belt celebration after a Wisconsin-Milwaukee victory that night.

Word of Hill's tweet apparently reached Butler guard Shelvin Mack because he didn't miss an opportunity to rub in the Bulldogs' impressive 59-44 victory over the Panthers. As Butler brought the ball up the court in the final minute, Mack turned toward the pro-Milwaukee crowd and delivered his own impersonation of  the "belt" celebration Rodgers made famous during Green Bay's Super Bowl run this year.

Of course, the other cause for celebration for the Bulldogs was clinching an automatic NCAA tournament berth without having to endure a stressful five-day wait to see if their name would be called on Selection Sunday. Butler had played its way into a probable at-large bid with nine straight wins to end the season entering Tuesday's game, but there would have been no guarantees with losses to the likes of Evansville and Youngstown State on its resume. {YSP:MORE}

Perhaps the most promising aspect of the win was that Butler followed a similar formula to what carried it to the national title game a year ago. The Bulldogs scored timely baskets and played lockdown defense, something which had been lacking at various times throughout the season.

Hill had scorched Butler for a combined 40 points in the teams' previous two meetings, but he could not get on track Tuesday against the Bulldogs' smothering defense. The 6-foot-7 senior finished with 10 points on 2-for-5 shooting, a performance that wasn't quite enough to give him the chance to unveil the Rodgers' belt celebration.