EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Monday night's championship game between Butler and Duke has been compared to the movies, "Hoosiers" and "Cinderella."
Whatever you want to call it, it's a great example of what is right about college basketball.
Unless you're a Duke fan, you were probably a bit sad in the end.
A last second half court shot didn't go in and Butler lost 61-59.
But there were so many takeaways that it's hard to be disappointed.
Butler is the first team in the Horizon League to ever be in the NCAA finals.
Two of the starters, Gordon Hayward and Matt Howard, are academic All-Americans.
In fact, the team attended classes at Butler on Monday, just hours before the game.
There's also the young faced coach, Brad Stevens.
When Coach Stevens was asked how it was to compete against the big coaches, like Coach K, Stevens remarked, "They write the books and I read them."
The players were crushed when they lost.
Yet, after the game, they made a stop at Hinkle Fieldhouse to thank their fellow students and fans for their support.
The line in "Hoosiers" has been much-quoted.
It says, "Let's win this one for all the small schools that never had the chance to get here."
The Bulldogs didn't win but they taught us some very important lessons about dignity and class.
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