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Final Four: Butler Looks to Take a Bite Out of Michigan St.

SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 27:  Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs shoots against the Kansas State Wildcats during the west regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 27, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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James BrownSenior Analyst IMarch 29, 2010

Final Four: Michigan St. Vs Butler-Breakdown and Pick!

There are just four teams left fighting for the national college basketball championship and there were not too many people that thought at this moment we would be talking about Butler and Michigan St. instead of Syracuse and Kansas!

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Michigan St.: Tom Izzo is a mastermind and if you did not think he was a good coach before this run you have to believe now. The Michigan State Spartans are heading to their sixth Final Four in 12 years. In 13 years of Tom Izzo tenure, no upperclassman to commit to the coach has missed out on playing in a Final Four. That is an unbelievable stat and he worked miracles with this team after losing Kalin Lucas to injury. Can he do it one more time to get to the Championship game?

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Butler: Butler is the true meaning of a Cinderella team. Many had Butler exiting their bracket in the early rounds yet here they are in the Final Four. Butler will be the biggest story of the next few days and have to enjoy playing this game at home in Indianapolis. Brad Stevens is suddenly one of the hottest young coaches in college basketball and seems to be calling all the right shots.

Breakdown and winner:
Both teams have been on an impressive run and it is a shame one of them will be heading home. The rap sheet on Butler is that they have no size, but tell that to Syracuse and the other teams that Butler beat along the way to the Final Four. The truth be told is that Butler is doing it with defense as they have just allowed 54 points per game during this run. Butler’s Gordon Hayward can do everything from ball handling to scoring and he is being highly touted as a draft pick in the NBA. Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. One simple stat to look at in the final four is betting on the team with the better winning percentage. Teams with the greater win percentage are 8-2 ATS last five years and that favors Butler. Tom Izzo and his team have had a great run but it ends here with a loss to Butler. It’s not midnight yet for the Bulldogs!

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