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April 2, 2011 | By Shannon Ryan
HOUSTON -- Butler is ready for Part II. After playing last season's underdog role and advancing to the NCAA tournament final, the Bulldogs did it again Saturday -- only this time as the favorite. Despite being a low No. 8 seed, the Bulldogs defeated 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth, 70-62, for another shot at winning it all. The Bulldogs became the nation's lovable underdogs last season, drawing comparisons to the movie Hoosiers thanks to their small-school stature, Indianapolis roots and famous Hinkle Fieldhouse home.
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April 4, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Here's something you probably know: Most players who can leave early for the NBA do. The age rule requiring players to delay their NBA dreams for the betterment of who-knows-what has led to one-year cameos by Derrick Rose (Memphis) and John Wall (Kentucky). Shoot (and they did), half of Kentucky's roster last season had a coming-out-early party. The rarest sight in this sport is not Dick Vitale with his mouth closed; it's a star junior or senior finishing his degree. Kentucky Coach John Calipari offers no apology for his philosophy.
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March 25, 2011
Southeast regional No. 2 Florida (29-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (26-9), New Orleans, 1:30 p.m. PDT, Channel 2 Florida can't be as sloppy offensively as it was against BYU if it wants to beat Butler. The Gators need to be patient against a smart Butler team on both ends of the court. Offensively, the Gators have more size up front and need to take advantage, not jack up 3-pointers. Butler runs a lot of screens, and Florida especially has to worry about Bulldogs guard Shelvin Mack from beyond the arc. Look for Butler's guards to have success applying defensive pressure against Florida's backcourt.
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April 4, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
It wasn't evil versus good, it was ugly versus uglier. The first NCAA title game featuring Huskies and Bulldogs turned out to be a dog. Connecticut's 53-41 victory over Butler at Reliant Stadium on Monday night was not what most of heartland America gathered around the television to see — a teachable moment in which clean-cut wins and justice prevails. It didn't happen by a long shot — most of which were clanked. The winning team shot 34.5% and won by a landslide.
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March 26, 2011 | By Jim Mashek
NEW ORLEANS -- With the game on the line, Florida settled for a three-point shot from a 5-foot-8 guard who had yet to hit a basket. Butler took its cue in overtime, and the Bulldogs are going back to the Final Four. Senior guard Shelvin Mack delivered a clutch three-point basket to give Butler a lead it wouldn't relinquish, and the Bulldogs held on to beat Florida, 74-71, in the NCAA tournament Southeast Regional championship game Saturday at New Orleans Arena. Mack's shot with 1:21 left in overtime put Butler (27-9)
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April 4, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Here's something you probably know: Most players who can leave early for the NBA do. The age rule requiring players to delay their NBA dreams for the betterment of who-knows-what has led to one-year cameos by Derrick Rose (Memphis) and John Wall (Kentucky). Shoot (and they did), half of Kentucky's roster last season had a coming-out-early party. The rarest sight in this sport is not Dick Vitale with his mouth closed; it's a star junior or senior finishing his degree. Kentucky Coach John Calipari offers no apology for his philosophy.
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April 4, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
It wasn't evil versus good, it was ugly versus uglier. The first NCAA title game featuring Huskies and Bulldogs turned out to be a dog. Connecticut's 53-41 victory over Butler at Reliant Stadium on Monday night was not what most of heartland America gathered around the television to see — a teachable moment in which clean-cut wins and justice prevails. It didn't happen by a long shot — most of which were clanked. The winning team shot 34.5% and won by a landslide.
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March 29, 2010
Butler Bulldogs Record: 32-4. NCAA tournament: defeated Texas El Paso, 77-59; Murray State, 54-52; Syracuse, 63-59; Kansas State, 63-56. Offense: 69.4 points. Defense: 59.6 points. Starters: F Matt Howard (11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Gordon Hayward (15.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg), G Willie Veasley (10.1 ppg), G Ronald Nored (6.0 ppg, 3.7 apg), G Shelvin Mack (14.2 ppg). Top reserves: G Zach Hahn (92.9% FT), F Avery Jukes (2.8 ppg), G Shawn Vanzant (2.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg). Bulldogs: … play defense with Bulldog-like tenacity.
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April 2, 2010
Butler (32-4) vs. Michigan State (28-8): The Spartans have the experience — Michigan State lost in the national title game last season — but injuries have whittled away their depth. That could be an issue if Butler continues to play the swarming type of defense that brought it this far. Michigan State is the nation's top rebounding team and Butler is a bit undersized, but the Bulldogs don't often get beaten on the boards. Guard Durrell Summers is averaging 20 points in the tournament for Michigan State and Korie Lucious has been a more than adequate replacement for injured point guard Kalin Lucas.
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April 6, 2010 | By Shannon Ryan
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski had just helped snip down an NCAA tournament championship net Monday night before he predicted who should be favored to stand in that spot next season. He didn't name Duke. He picked the team Duke just beat. "Somebody's going to pick the top 10 for next year; where are you going to pick Butler?" he said after winning his fourth national title, 61-59, over Butler at in Lucas Oil Stadium. "They'll be a favorite next year." Krzyzewski could be right — as long as a few things at Butler stay the same.
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April 2, 2011 | By Shannon Ryan
HOUSTON -- Butler is ready for Part II. After playing last season's underdog role and advancing to the NCAA tournament final, the Bulldogs did it again Saturday -- only this time as the favorite. Despite being a low No. 8 seed, the Bulldogs defeated 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth, 70-62, for another shot at winning it all. The Bulldogs became the nation's lovable underdogs last season, drawing comparisons to the movie Hoosiers thanks to their small-school stature, Indianapolis roots and famous Hinkle Fieldhouse home.
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March 26, 2011 | By Jim Mashek
NEW ORLEANS -- With the game on the line, Florida settled for a three-point shot from a 5-foot-8 guard who had yet to hit a basket. Butler took its cue in overtime, and the Bulldogs are going back to the Final Four. Senior guard Shelvin Mack delivered a clutch three-point basket to give Butler a lead it wouldn't relinquish, and the Bulldogs held on to beat Florida, 74-71, in the NCAA tournament Southeast Regional championship game Saturday at New Orleans Arena. Mack's shot with 1:21 left in overtime put Butler (27-9)
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March 25, 2011
Southeast regional No. 2 Florida (29-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (26-9), New Orleans, 1:30 p.m. PDT, Channel 2 Florida can't be as sloppy offensively as it was against BYU if it wants to beat Butler. The Gators need to be patient against a smart Butler team on both ends of the court. Offensively, the Gators have more size up front and need to take advantage, not jack up 3-pointers. Butler runs a lot of screens, and Florida especially has to worry about Bulldogs guard Shelvin Mack from beyond the arc. Look for Butler's guards to have success applying defensive pressure against Florida's backcourt.
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April 4, 2011 | By Shannon Ryan
Reporting from Houston Since arriving in Texas last week, Kemba Walker had visions. Snipping nets. Hearing "One Shining Moment. " Confetti floating around him. While the scene is an annual tradition, Walker accurately imagined himself and his Huskies teammates in the sea of red, white and blue streamers that drifted onto the Reliant Stadium court Monday night after a 53-41 victory over Butler in a game that was more slugfest than slamfest....
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March 25, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Reporting from Salt Lake City Butler refused to go home. Now the Bulldogs have a chance to go back to Indianapolis on their own terms Returning to the city as conquerors carrying mid-major dreams was not on the Bulldogs' minds, they all have claimed, but that has come to the forefront after a 63-59 victory over top-seeded Syracuse at EnergySolutions Arena. The pesky Bulldogs will face Kansas State on Saturday in the West Regional final, their first Elite Eight appearance.
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