Kansas State Vs. Butler: Get Ready For A Battle

Chris FaigCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats watches his team play against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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On March 27th, one team will be going to the Final Four and the other, home miserable.  Kansas State squares up against Butler at 4:30, and it is sure to be an entertaining game.

Kansas State is led by guards, Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente, possibly one of the most dangerous backcourts in the nation.

Pullen and Clemente are fierce competitors, and compliment each other perfectly.  They form a combo that makes opposing coach's have nightmares.  

Butler coach Brad Stevens described the talent of Clemente and Pullen by saying, "I think those guys play much bigger than they are.  They have huge hearts.  They're incredibly fast.  Right now, Clemente scares you as much as any player you're going to play against, as does Pullen.  Pullen might be having the best tournament of anybody in the country right now."

Stevens also has a lot of confidence in his own guys.  Coach Stevens explains, "You've got to find your niche, and find the right guys to fit your niche.  As you can see, mid-major, major, low major, whatever the case may be, we've got pretty darn good basketball players here."

Butler is one win away from heading home to the Final Four.  "When we sat down and made goals and thought about the season, we said, 'Why not shoot for the ultimate goal?"  Butler forward Matt Howard said.  If Butler can contend with the extremely tough task of Kansas State, than that ultimate goal can very much become reality for Matt Howard.


**Quotes from Associated Press