Matt Howard's layup as the buzzer went off gave Butler the victory, and gave neutral college basketball fans what they crave: a dramatic finish.
Old Dominion put up a tough defensive effort, with 10 steals, but it wasn't enough in the 60-58 loss.
The game was tight for the entire way, so the game being decided on the last play was not surprising.
Last year's finalist, the Bulldogs received 15-point performances from Howard and guard Shelvin Mack.
Old Dominion was led by Frank Hassell who led all scorers with 20 points.