Butler Will Play for Title

Bulldogs beat Michigan State to advance
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2010 7:44 PM CDT
Butler Will Play for Title
Butler's Gordon Hayward (20) is defended by Michigan State players Austin Thornton, left, and Draymond Green.   (Darron Cummings)

Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and collected the final rebound, sending little Butler to its biggest victory, a 52-50 win over Michigan State in the Final Four tonight. The Bulldogs now will play the winner of West Virginia-Duke for the national title on Monday night. In their hometown, no less.

Call it "Hoosiers," the sequel. The small school, playing just 5.6 miles from its campus, took down another of college basketball's biggest names, forcing the Spartans into a sloppy game and capitalizing on their injuries and foul trouble. The win extended Butler's winning streak to 25. (More Butler Bulldogs stories.)

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