Re: Indy's own Butler Bulldogs
posted at 4/4/2010 3:06 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Indy's own Butler Bulldogs
Nick - With the game Duke played tonight which was easily the best they've had in the tournament, the odds are stacked heavily against the Dogs, but odds don't play the game. I can nearly guarantee you that Duke will not get as many open threes on Monday as they did against WVU, but Duke's size will be a big advantage for them. You may be right about their chances, but I am not sure what you mean by big game experience. Sure Duke is an ACC team, but Butler in this tournament has played Syracuse, Kansas State, and now Michigan State and won them all. Additionally, in the 3 years prior, Duke has been in the tournament and lost in the first rd, lost in the second rd, and lost in the sweet sixteen. Butler over the same last 3 years did the exact same thing in the tournament. Butler once again will be doubted by everyone but themselves. Good Luck Butler.
Posted by underdoggg
I'm not discounting the credibility of their wins thus far in the tournament, but I am saying that the spotlight in the Final Four got a LOT brighter than that to which a small school like Butler would be accustomed.
Duke may not have made it very far in recent years, but their program is under constant scrutiny. They also play in front of sold out arenas full of much larger crowds of people who all hate them on a regular basis, whereas I can't see Butler having played in 15,000+ stadiums ever before.
I thought this showed in the Michigan State game, where they looked scared and tentative on offense at the end of the game. Maybe it was the injury to that kid Mack, but their shot selection was poor and Butler looked like they were all trying to defer the responsibility of hitting a big shot to the next guy. Butler's saving grace was that Michigan State seemed to have a similar problem. Despite the adrenaline-jacked defense, I thought each team still got looks.
I just think there is value to Duke's experience playing on some of the biggest stages on a regular basis, and I'm suspicious of Butler after watching them tonight. The only thing that reassures me is that Butler has nothing to lose - they've already trumped by a mile anything that anyone else expected of them and now they're playing with house money (and their coach should remind them of this). They'll be underdogs by a big margin, and I feel obligated to cheer for a team that may not ever get another chance to play for a championship.
We'll see soon enough. Go Butler!