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March 29, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Beauty is at least one ‘underdog’ will be in final game

TERRE HAUTE — The Butler did it again.

Yep, the Butler Bulldogs are in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championship for the second straight year, knocking off Old Dominion, No. 1 seed Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Florida.

They’ll face Virginia Commonwealth in the first semifinal game Saturday, setting up a matchup of two teams not from the so-called power conferences. Butler won the Horizon League tournament while VCU got an at-large bid from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Old Dominion and George Mason are the other CAA teams that were in the tournament.

The beauty of this Butler-VCU game is that one of them will be in the final game and have the chance to win the championship, meeting either Kentucky or Connecticut.

Go Dogs.

• Hall honors — Men with Indiana State, Rose-Hulman or Wabash Valley connections were honored as part of the annual Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame dinner last week.

Former ISU players Jim Powers and John Robbins were inducted into the Hall. Powers played in the 1940s and 1950 and was on the team that won the NAIB championship.

Robbins teamed with Johnny Dow to form one of the most exciting backcourts in school history in the 1960s.

Eddie Bird, Mark Jewell, Tim Cindric and Shawn Parrish were singled out as members of the Silver Anniversary team.

Bird played for Springs Valley High School and ISU. Jewell played for Terre Haute North before going to Lafayette Jeff, where he was named Mr. Basketball. He played college ball at Evansville.

Cindric played at Pike High School in Indy and at Rose-Hulman. He has held several positions with IndyCar teams since then and currently is president of Penske Racing. Parrish played at Owen Valley High School.

•In current girls basketball news, ISU recruit Jessica Valley of McCutcheon was named to the Indiana All-Stars. Bria Goss of Ben Davis is Miss Basketball.

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