I say this in the least self-aggrandizing way possible: I ignored the ridicule and picked Butler to make the Final Four in the preseason, the end of the regular season, and the postseason (in my bracket).
I can assure you that I know and believe in this team, because the Bulldogs deserve nothing better than special commendation and respect.
It's a bit frustrating at times observing the surprised type of fan perception of this Butler team's tournament run insofar, since Butler actually was a preseason top-15 team.
Butler understood that it had a special collection of talent this year, and scheduled and performed accordingly. Despite analysis now that states that Butler “arrived” a year early, which is perhaps true, the Butler brass understood the immense talent that the team possessed and expected a postseason run this season.
Butler scheduled accordingly—any mid-major that has the audacity to schedule the likes of Ohio State (albeit without Evan Turner), Xavier, Northwestern, Georgetown, Siena, and Minnesota and come out generally unscathed should expect success.
The form the Bulldogs have demonstrated shows that the team has a legitimate chance at the winning the national title. The team's ability to make it this far into the tournament should already prove this, but there are more reasons nonetheless.
This team is special, and you should know that by now. Vegas has hopped on the Butler bandwagon, labeling the team as 1.5-point favorites against Michigan State in the semi-final matchup, and I will try to convince you to do the same.
Butler ultimately is one team you can root for in a generally outstanding group of Final Four teams, and I hope to convince you to hop on the bandwagon as well with the following list of reasons.