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Gonzaga and Butler have spent the last decade setting new standards for America's non-power conference schools.
On Saturday, America's two biggest little schools will square off for the first time at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game comes with all the trimmings: A prime-time tip, national television and even ESPN's College GameDay crew.
What fans will see are two of the country's hottest teams.
The eighth-ranked Zags (17-1) have won eight straight and have seven wins over BCS-conference teams. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs (15-2) have won 12 in a row but will be without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke for the second straight game. Clarke has a severely sprained neck.
With six non-BCS conference teams ranked this week, Saturday's game could be a preview of what's to come in March.
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