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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Greetings from the best day in sports

By Eamonn Brennan

INDIANAPOLIS -- Well, it's finally here. The Final Four. Indianapolis -- and the thousands of fans that have already filled most of the 73,000 seats in Lucas Oil's gigantic interior -- is every bit as excited as you'd assume.

I wasn't in Detroit for last year's Final Four, but the talk of the town this year is how much more alive this year's event feels. It's easy to see where that sentiment comes from. The weather has been great (it snowed in Michigan last year), the fans, Butler's especially, are out in full force, and the hordes of hoops heads that have descended on the city have found a town that embraces the Final Four with the same alacrity as it embraces all things basketball. It's been a wonderful experience so far. And we're just getting started.

The atmosphere aside, there is the small matter of tonight's two games, the first of which, Butler vs. Michigan State, tips off at 6:05 ET. Some assorted thoughts: