Yesterday I posted a little bit about the first seven teams to punch their tickets to March Madness. Last night another three teams were added. Again I knew very little about them, except for one, Butler, so I needed to do my research and get some facts regarding these schools. My goal here is for my readers to know at the very least, a little bit about the smaller schools when the games start next week.
Butler: Won the Horizon League championship last night over Milwaukee 59-44. Coming off of last seasons surprising run to the National Championship game where the fell to Duke, Butler finished the season 23-9. Located in Indianapolis, IN, the Bulldogs share their home with 4,500 undergraduates. This will be Butler's 11th appearance in the tournament, 1962, 97, 98, 00, 01, 03, 07, 08, 09, 10 and now 11. They have made the sweet sixteen 3 times prior to last years run to the title game. I see Butler going to the round of 16 yet again.
Oakland: I know what your thinking, who would want to go to school in Oakland, CA? Turns out Oakland is located in Auburn Hills, MI. I think universities do this to keep you on your toes, for example California University, located in....Pennsylvania. The university is home to around 15,500 students. The Golden Grizzlies will be making their third trip to the tournament, they also went in 2005 and 2010, reaching the second round in 2005.
Arkansas-Little Rock: Yes this university is located in Little Rock, AR. It is home to around 13,000 students. This will be the Trojans first appearance in the tournament since 1990 and Fourth overall, also going in 1986 and 1989 under coach Digger Phelps, who now is employed by ESPN.
Look for more tomorrow, there will be a quiz before the tournament starts. Winner gets to read more anytime they want. Awesome, I know.
On a side note, watch for the Sixers tonight going for their fourth straight win as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder come in at 39-23 and 17-14 on the road. The Sixers are 21-10 at home, and are red hot right now. The Sixers have won three in a row and are 8-2 in their last ten, the Thunder are coming off a loss and are 5-5 in their last ten games. Game starts at 7pm should be a good one.