Commentary

Butler did it ... again

Originally Published: April 2, 2011
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Butler has become the class of the mid-majors!

To go to the championship game in consecutive years is an amazing feat.

Butler dominated on the glass in a 70-62 win over VCU in the first national semifinal.

Shelvin Mack was the MVP for Butler with 24 big points, including several big 3s.

Matt Howard kept making big free throws down the stretch. He was a warrior inside despite foul trouble.

When VCU led 15-7 early it looked like the trifecta was the key again. Butler did a great job defending the three after that.

I like to call Brad Stevens "the professor." He is 117-24 at Butler and what he has done is remarkable.

Let's not sell short the amazing run of the Rams. Five tourney wins in five games against teams from the power conference is remarkable.

In the end it was too much Mack and Howard as Butler will play for a title on Monday night.

The Bulldogs could be the first nine-loss team since Arizona in 1997 to cut down the nets.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.