Butler Basketball: Is Butler a Bigger Underdog Than 1985 Villanova Wildcats?
The Butler Bulldogs are looking to tie the 1985 Villanova Wildcats as the lowest seed (No. 8) to ever win an NCAA tournament championship. They can accomplish that feat tonight with a victory over the Connecticut Huskies.
But while they would both be the lowest seeds to ever cut down the nets, does anyone truly see the Bulldogs as equally as big of underdogs as the Wildcats were when they knocked off the Georgetown Hoyas back in 1985?
A few things make it unlikely that any team will win a national championship and be considered as big of an underdog as Villanova was back then, including Butler if they are to come up victorious tonight against Connecticut.
First, Butler is playing a No. 3 seed Huskies team, and one that was unlikely to even reach the Final Four when the tournament pairings were announced. The Wildcats knocked off the best team in the country when they defeated the Hoyas.
Second, Butler has been here before, although they came up two points shy in last season's title game against the Duke Blue Devils. They were seeded lower this year following the departure of Gordon Hayward to the NBA, but it cannot come as a complete shock that they have advanced to this point once again.
Brad Stevens knows how to get the most out of this team, and he has proven it in consecutive seasons.
Also, when Villanova won it all, Ed Pinckney was their best player, and never generated much buzz as far as a NBA prospect. He was a serviceable player at the next level, but not exactly one who opponents feared when the Wildcats took on bigger and better teams.
Butler had Hayward last season, and Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack both have first-round potential written all over them.
J.P. Giglio of the Charlotte News-Observer reported that Villanova may have been the ultimate underdog to win the NCAA championship game.
Giglio wrote that "Villanova, a No. 8 seed, began its title run with a 19-10 record. The Wildcats finished fourth in the Big East, at 0-7, behind the No. 1 (Georgetown), No. 3 (St. John's) and No. 15 (Syracuse) teams in the country. They didn't win the regular season or the conference tournament."
So while Butler is a great Cinderella story and one who many people will be rooting for tonight, they are not the same as the team that won it all in 1985.
Simply put, the 2011 Butler Bulldogs are not the 1985 Villanova Wildcats.
For more on tonight's big matchup and a retrospective on other shining moments, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Doug Brodess, who takes a look back at the 2011 NCAA Final Four: Top 10 Shining Moments in Championship Game History.
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