Posted January 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Gonzaga served as the model program for college basketball's non-power conference schools for more than decade. Butler took that blueprint, revised it and came up with even better results. On Saturday, college basketball fans will finally get to see America's two biggest little schools play each other at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse with all the trimmings: A prime-time tip and a national audience on ESPN. ''You talk about the Final Four, bucket list. You talk about Maui (Invitational), bucket list, Preseason NIT, bucket list,'' Butler coach Brad Stevens said. ''So when (College) GameDay comes to town, you play when they tell you to play.'' The showcase also happens to pit two of America's best teams, No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 13 Butler, and both are on a roll. Two-time national runner-up Butler (15-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) has won 12 straight since losing to Illinois in Maui two months ago. It has already upset then-No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 9 ...
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