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Basketball Mon Apr 04 2011

Butler Does the Hoosier State Proud

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Flickr photos: Brad J. Ward

Succeeding where fellow Indiana schools Notre Dame and Purdue failed miserably, Brad Stevens (below) and the Butler men's basketball team are back in the NCAA championship game, playing UConn tonight for all the Tostitos.

brad stevens crop.PNGThe David v. Goliath storyline doesn't work as well as you might think. Butler, the national runner-up last year, ceded the Cinderella role to VCU this time, and UConn wasn't much of a contender before winning the Big East tournament with five wins in five nights.

But you can still have fun tonight jeering at the old money Huskies and their lawless coach. Butler fans -- they've got more than 2,000 alumni in the Chicago area -- will be at Brownstone Tavern & Grill (3937 N. Lincoln), their home base throughout the NCAA tournament. Showtime is 8 CT, but you'll definitely have to get there early to get a seat.

UConn fans were at Joe's Bar (940 W. Weed) for Saturday's semifinal game against Kentucky; check there for them tonight as well.

UPDATE: UConn's Chicago alumni group now says Piece Brewery & Pizza (1927 W. North) near Six Corners is the official spot tonight for Huskies fans.

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