Hoosiers, Part II?
Butler coach Brad Stevens was a little taken aback during Wednesday’s pre-West Regional news conference.
“Did you say loser’s image?” Stevens said.
Told the question was about Butler’s “Hoosiers” image, Stevens was relieved.
“I was like, ‘Boy, that’s direct,’ “ Stevens said, then faster than you can say mid-major from Indiana, he launched into a pat answer: “If people want to think that about our team, then that’s OK.”
The talk will continue, and will be amplified, should Butler beat Kansas State today in the regional final and return to Indianapolis next week for a home game in the Final Four.
If that happens, the drumbeat might be so loud that Stevens and his team need to turn a deaf ear.
“We’ve never won a game based on destiny,” Stevens said.
But try to stop the comparisons.
“There’s always going to be that connection with us to ‘Hoosiers,”’ forward Matt Howard said. “I don’t think we’ll ever get rid of that.”
“We’ve shown we’re legit. We’re not here as a Cinderella. … It’s our time. We’re doing a great job taking all the opportunities given us.”
— Ekpe Udoh
Baylor’s power forward after the third-seeded Bears eliminated No. 10 seed St. Mary’s 72-49 in a NCAA South Region semifinal.