In a story reminscent of Hoosiers--and, yes, I know it's an overused analogy--Butler forced Michigan State into a sloppy game, withstood poor shooting plus injuries to two starters, and beat the Spartans by two to advance to Monday night's NCAA Championship game. Butler will face the winner of Duke versus West Virginia.
This is an amazing story and involves the smallest school to ever play for a NCAA hoops championship--in their hometown, no less--who tonight extended their winning streak to 25 games.
It's trite but Butler truly seems to be a team of destiny. They make it uncomfortable for the opposing team to find any rhythm, they have players who are better than you would expect, and there is a baby-faced coach on their sideline who is doing a masterful job at prepping his team for tournament play. Whatever the outcome of the Duke-West Virginia game, this Butler team has captured the imagination of hoops fan across the country.