Sunday, April 3, 2011
Dream lives for Bulldogs, Huskies
By Pat Forde
HOUSTON -- For the record, Milan lost in the Indiana high school Final Four on its first improbable visit, in 1953. The Indians wrote the storybook ending the next year.
Just thought I'd point that out for everyone who has loved the serendipitous cross-pollination of "Hoosiers" and the Butler Bulldogs.
The similarities between the little Indiana school that spawned a Hollywood classic and the little Indiana school that has shanghaied the past two NCAA tournaments refuse to stop. Mostly because Butler refuses to lose.
After throttling fellow establishment outsider Virginia Commonwealth 70-62 in the Final Four semifinals, the Bulldogs are now 10-1 in the last two Big Dances. The guys from the Horizon League will play in their second straight national championship game Monday, one of the great feats in college basketball history. And once again they'll take on one of the biggest name brands in the game.