Thursday, December 07, 2006

The way it SHOULD be.

So far this college basketball season the hands-down greatest story has been the performance of my alma mater, Butler University. Butler is a school of 4000 students located in Indianapolis competing in Division 1 athletics. (I played football and ran track there)

So far this season, the Bulldogs are 10-0, ranked 15th by the AP, 14 in the Coaches, 1st in RPI, and this is what SI has to say about the team this week:

SI.COM'S College Basketball Power Rankings! "And if the Bulldogs had the same credentials, but were named Florida, they'd be in the top three. So why not just put them there?"

To all the, "Butler?!%! How can Butler be ahead of my [insert blueblood powerhouse here]" people, please take the following evidence into consideration:
• The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the RPI.
• They've played the sixth-toughest schedule in the nation.
• They've beaten six top-100 RPI teams, two more than anyone else in the country.
• They rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency (and therefore are not a fluke).
• They're undefeated.
From that standpoint, it's a travesty not to have Butler in the top five.

Next three: 12/9 at Indiana State, 12/16 vs. Purdue, 12/22 vs. Evansville.

So if your sick of reading about our woe-be-gone favorite professional baseball team, try to catch the Butler Bulldogs this winter you'll surely be satisfied.

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