Indiana basketball has been legendary for years, and at Hinkle Fieldhouse the legends are continuing to be born. This season the Butler Bulldogs with a record of 32-4 are on the nation’s longest winning streak of 24 games.
Even though Butler was ranked most of the year, when they were picked at number 5 seed in the tournament, Butler was picked to lose in the first round to a tough UTEP team. Once Butler crossed this hurdle, they were still picked to lose against Murray State who had just come off a huge buzzer beater win over Vandy. Butler again rose to the challenge and put themselves in the Sweet 16 for the third time in 10 years. Butler was facing a tough Syracuse team and I have to admit that even I doubted if Butler could hang with the Orangemen!
The bulldogs proved us all wrong and moved on to the elite eight to face Kansas State. By beating Kansas State, Butler is treading new ground and moving into their first Final Four, and because the Final Four is in Indianapolis this makes this run that more special. Butler will have the hometown advantage, and the state of Indiana is coming together to back a team mostly made of homegrown Indiana boys!
One small city in particular that could not be more proud is Connersville, Indiana. This small town boasts the connection with Butler’s center Matt Howard, who was born and raised in Connersville and is my little brother! From the coffee shops in town to the grocery stores, everyone is talking about their boy Matt and how well the Butler team is doing. The city and our family could not be more proud to have a wonderful example of a man and player representing our community and our state. Butler’s next challenge will be Michigan State on Saturday night at 6:07 at Lucas Oil.
Come out and support the DAWGS!