Will the Butler Bulldogs rebound and reach the NCAAs next year?

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This year, as two of the best programs and college basketball history made their way to the final game to compete for a national title, it was almost a change of pace from the last couple of years. With Butler’s two Final Four runs in 2010 and 2011, it was different to see a Final Four stacked with powerhouses in 2012 while Butler failed to even reach the tournament.

After losing several seniors and junior Shelvin Mack after last year’s runner-up season, the Bulldogs struggled to get going early this season. Especially on the offensive side, this was a team that did not play like prototypical Butler teams coached by Brad Stevens.

By Collin O’Connor

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Butler Bulldog Mascot Banned from 1st NCAA Tournament Game

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Who could say no to this face? Seriously, who in college basketball would turn this guy away? When I had the wonderful opportunity to cover last year’s Final Four in Indianapolis, do you know who the star was in the media room on national title game night?

“You’re my boy Blue!” pictured above; all the journalists swooned over him. Now he’s doggie non grata for this year’s tourney.

According to Indy Fox 59:

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