The Butler Bulldogs are going home to Indianapolis to play in the Final Four next weekend! When the game ended today, I laughed and cried at the same time. I've been this happy and excited before, but it has been a while.
In 2006, George Mason University made the Final Four, the last so-called "mid-major" school to do so. If you look up George Mason, you'll note that they have 32,000 students, and are the largest university in Virginia. Butler has 4,500 students, give or take, and is not the largest university in Indianapolis. There are at least 13 universities in Indiana with larger enrollments than Butler.
But as the old saying goes, It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Butler will play either Tennessee or Michigan State in a semifinal on Saturday. On Monday, April 5th, the winner of the Butler game will face West Virginia, Duke, or Baylor. As Butler forward Gordon Hayward said, "We aren't satisfied just to be in the tournament. We figure somebody has to win it, and it might as well be us."
Well said, Gordon. GO BULLDOGS!