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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Compelling Story of Butler's Matt Howard

And why the NCAA Tournament can be so enthralling.

From a small Indiana town that once hosted a Ford plant, one of ten kids, good student, player that all coaches love -- smart, disciplined, unselfish and plays very hard. There are many good stories out there like this year after year. Programs usually don't get this far without them. This is the kid who makes his teammates better, who gives his team its heartbeat, and who was Butler's first top-100 recruit. He could have gone to bigger-time programs; he chose Butler.

And he's one of the main reasons why (along with Shelvin Mack) the Bulldogs have returned to the Final Four.

Thanks to Pete Thamel of the New York Times for writing such a good piece.


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