INDIANAPOLIS -- With fans clapping in unison like the team featured in the movie "Hoosiers," Butler (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) hung the first Final Four banner in school history before the tipoff of Saturday's season-opener.
After introducing Marian's starting lineup, the Bulldogs had a five-minute presentation to celebrate last season's run to the national championship game. Butler lost to Duke in the title game.
The ceremony culminated with a school official yanking a blue cover off the banner to reveal the words "National Finalist."