Final Four weekend approaches quickly. The tournament wraps on Monday with the finals. This will have been one great tournament this year, no matter who comes out on top. There have been so many lower seeds advancing to levels not seen by most of the programs. There have been great last second endings to games in regular and overtime, enough to give my 460 pound relative a heart attack. As I often do, I feel it necessary to pull for the underdog. Since the Baylor men fell to Duke in a Elite 8 game for which I am still reeling (they really could have won this one), I turn my sites to the true underdog in this series. Butler. Where is Butler? Not sure. I think Indiana. What is the school’s overall attendance? Do not know, but I think it is really small. But here they are on a national stage with a coach barely old enough to date, let alone coach a final four team. (In reality, he really is in his early 30’s, but he looks like he is 14). I do not know much about their game, and obviously, not the school either, and I am apparently too lazy to look things up on Google or Wikipedia to add to the content of this post. But I am there, supporting them to do the difficult. No bets for me, just support. I will note however, that they will be playing close to home. So there is no excuse for all 32 of your Butler supporters to get to Indianapolis and support your team’s unlikely run into the final four and beyond.
I will not be watching the game on Saturday as I will be in Austin area soaking back some old stomping grounds and enjoying an evening on the deck at the Hula Hut. This is en route to San Antonio for a Sunday Final Four game which will square off my Lady Baylor Bears against the 77-in-a-row-winning UConn. What an unlikely pairing here. Both coaches have shown great respect for the other’s team. Let’s face it, the way the Lady Bears had been playing in Big 12 play, with all of their freshman gathering large chunks of playing time, I am surprised they made it past the first round. Sorry guys, I watched a lot of pain in person with my season tickets to the Lady Bears as well as a separate trip to Austin to watch them get thumped by the Lady Longhorns, who exited from the NCAA tournament very early. So the fact they are in the Final Four is a true credit to this bunch. Everyone watch and support. It may not be pretty.
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