Butler Basketball Is Streaking at the Right Time

Kendrick MarshallCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2010

They hold the other streak. 

Heading into the Final Four, Butler has won 24 consecutive games this college basketball season. It defies all mathematical logic and the Wizard of Westwood.

A small private college in Indiana that can get lost in the shadow of Peyton Manning, Larry Bird's Pacers and the latest saga facing the down trodden Hoosier outfit in Bloomington can finally get their long overdue 40 minutes of basketball fame after a thrilling run in the NCAA Tournament. 

What the boys from Indianapolis have done in just four months can be argued is as comparable to, if not exceeds what a certain basketball team in Storrs, Conn., has done the last 75 time they have taken the floor.

The University of Connecticut women 75-game winning streak is impressive no doubt about it. So far in the NCAA Tournament the Lady Huskies have won their first three games by 49 points per game coming off a regular season where they won by more than 30.

However, we expect them to win. We expect them to be in the Final Four and win the national championship. Anything less will be uncivilized.

If you are honest with yourself, there is no reason UConn shouldn't win the title with relative ease.

Butler does not have one McDonald's All-American on the team. The Lady Husky program seems to get them complementary style like shampoo and soap at an upscale hotel.

Their coach, Brad Stevens, is a bat boy in the offseason I believe. Geno Auriemma has six national championships and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Bulldogs play in something called the Horizon League. Sounds like a recreational league for weekend warriors rather than an actual NCAA conference. UConn has won the last four Big East championships.

Nobody had Butler going to Indianapolis, at least not to participate in the Final Four.

In fact, many picked them to lose to UTEP in the first-round of the tournament. In a time in college basketball where there is tremendous parity, where we have seen Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova, Syracuse and other powers fall to lesser opponents.

In year where traditional powers like UCLA, Arizona, North Carolina, the other Uconn basketball team and Indiana are not even in the NCAA Tournament, Butler has the country's longest winning streak. Who would have thought?

It is so much harder to have sustained success in the men's game because the talent is so spread out that a school like Northern lowa can knock off the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.

Could you imagine Geno's girls losing to a mid-major?  That would be like expecting the sun not to come up in the morning.

Seton Hall plays in the Big East and were humbled by 67 points earlier this season at the hands of Maya Moore and Tina Charles.

Butler does not have the basketball budget that some of the power schools get. Those schools are able to lure high priced coaches or recruit the John Wall's and Evan Turner's of the world. The Bulldogs don't have the pedigree and tradition that some BCS schools have that will lure a four or five-star recruit to their university.

While UConn's dominance might be mesmerizing, Butler rise to the Final Four and winning streak is a little bit more.

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