Butler basketball's road resume to ge...

Butler basketball's road resume to get test at Southern Illinois

There are 67 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Dec 27, 2007, titled Butler basketball's road resume to get test at Southern Illinois. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

One reason Butler has earned respect in college basketball is success on the road.

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Scottsdale, AZ

#65 Dec 28, 2007
Hoosier Fan wrote:
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While I am not a Butler hater, I get tired of hearing how all the in-state schools are "scared" to play them and how other schools won't play at Hinkle.
You all neeed to get a grip as you have no basis or fact on why Butler is not playing them.
It actually "just might be" that there were scheduling conflicts, etc., etc., etc., but not a one of you really knows why.
Don't make yourself or your team feel better acting like all the other schools are scared to play you, that is ridiculous.
I assume you are talking about the in state big schools, IU, Purdue and ND. Going into Hinkle is not the most terrifying place to play with the average attendance around 5 thousand people, maybe.
It's not just Butler but all the mid majors. There is no advantage for big time schools to play the mid majors. There is no big financial payoff. If they play them and do beat them it doesn't help their standings, because they are expected to beat them. If they loose to a mid major it usually kills their standings in the polls. The polls are the basis for the NCAA seatingís. Thatís why the big schools avoid scheduling the mid majors. It's not a Butler thing it's mid major thing. I hope that explains it better for you.

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Plainfield

#66 Dec 28, 2007
A.J hits it!!!! Butler wins as time expires!!!
BU Ticket Holder

Mount Prospect, IL

#67 Dec 28, 2007
Exactly. I imagine IU wishes they had AJ Graves instead of Ratliff.
Vote Green wrote:
From a few of these posts it looks like there are some IU fans that are obsessed with Butler basketball. Why? It probably drives them crazy that Butler runs a clean program, primarily uses Indiana kids from small towns, and runs a helluva basketball strategy that many purists love. Heck, it's a modern day version of the movie Hoosiers! IU fans somehow think they own that image since they have the same name as the movie.
Perhaps IU fans are obsessed with Butler because they didn't recruit a majority of the kids Butler has now...and are starting to wonder, "why"?
Or maybe these Butler-obsessed IU fans are in the closet about their loathing of the current IU basketball system: win and recruit at any cost.
Whatever the reason, it's fun to see IU fans posting so much about Butler basketball.
Envy is interesting.

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Plainfield

#68 Dec 28, 2007
Peasant wrote:
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I love Butler, but this just not true. You might want to watch a little top ten college basketball.
I do watch it, and I know what Butler had last year and what they have this year as well.
Last year is the NCAA tourney Butler pushed Florida to its limits and played them tougher than anyone else in the dance.
When I look at the Dawgs this year I see a potential to be even better than last. The problem is right now it is only potential. If they get firing on all cylinders I think they will be able to hang with anyone. But until the if/when happens its all speculation.
BU Ticket Holder

Mount Prospect, IL

#69 Dec 28, 2007
I wish Comcast would carry ESPNU so I could have seen it instead of listening on the net.
Bulldog Fan Todd wrote:
A.J hits it!!!! Butler wins as time expires!!!

“Butler Wins”

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Plainfield

#70 Dec 28, 2007
Hoosier Fan wrote:
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While I am not a Butler hater, I get tired of hearing how all the in-state schools are "scared" to play them and how other schools won't play at Hinkle.
You all neeed to get a grip as you have no basis or fact on why Butler is not playing them.
It actually "just might be" that there were scheduling conflicts, etc., etc., etc., but not a one of you really knows why.
Don't make yourself or your team feel better acting like all the other schools are scared to play you, that is ridiculous.
And I'm not a Hoosier hater. I root for almost all the schools in this state, and I'm glad to see IU back in the rankings and holding there.
But do you really think a midmajor like Butler woldn't work around any conflicts to play IU, PU, ND? Of course they would.
Let me take you back to last season. All three played the Dawgs and lost. Granted 2 were in a tourney. This year Butler had five returning seniors and the the heart of their offense back. Low and behold none of those teams are playing Butler this year. Just by chance? I doubt it.
Also remember last year IU found a way to schedule a make shift game against IUPUI at the last second. I tried to get tickets to it the moment I heard about it, Conseco Field House had heard nothing of it. I took at least two more weeks before they could even confirm it was scheduled there.
Also I am not the only one talking about these schools not wanting to play Butler. The local brodcasters have been talking about it for a while now as well. It is also well know that the majors all accross the country are wary of playing on midmajor floors.
Usually the mids only chance is a neutral court at some tourney somewhere.

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Plainfield

#71 Dec 28, 2007
BU Ticket Holder wrote:
I wish Comcast would carry ESPNU so I could have seen it instead of listening on the net.
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Amen to that. I had to do the same.

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