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Butler, Gonzaga resume role as mid-major favorites

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:18 PM ET
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

Where do the mid-majors stand as we near the end of nonconference play? How did they get to this point? Here's the breakdown:

The favorites Butler (Horizon League): Graduating four-fifths of the starting lineup from a round of 32 team won't inspire many to expect a repeat performance. But the Bulldogs are back.

Returnee forward Matt Howard, now a sophomore, anchors a group of youngsters who have achieved a 10-1 record despite playing one of the nation's toughest ...

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