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Butler: Do it!

I have nothing against Kansas State. After all, it plays in Manhattan, which makes it the closest thing we have to a metropolitan-area team in the NCAAs these days.

But if there is a Basketball God, Butler must win Saturday and advance to the Final Four in its home town of Indianapolis, not far from its own sainted Hinkle Fieldhouse.

One of my favorite sports memories is attending the media party at my first Final Four in 1991. (The night before flying to Indy, I watched "Hoosiers" to prepare.)

The party was held on the court at Hinkle, with a continuous loop of Bobby Plump's game-winner for Milan High in 1954 playing on a screen in the corner.

Plump himself was ill and couldn't make it, but Oscar Robertson was there. His Crispus Attucks team lost to Milan during the '54 tournament, when the Big O was a sophomore.

Now THAT'S Indiana basketball.

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