NCAA BASKETBALL: It's small school vs. big, bad Big East for title

By Nancy Armour/The Associated Press

HOUSTON — Butler will have to go through the big, bad Big East for the national title.

The Bulldogs will face third-seeded Connecticut, another one of college basketball’s bluebloods, on Monday night as it tries to make up for last year’s heartbreak against Duke. The Huskies (31-9) already have two national titles, and Kemba and the kids are on quite a roll, winning their 10th straight elimination game with a 56-55 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night.

But Butler (28-9) is on a pretty good run of its own, winning its 14th straight with a 70-62 victory over VCU in the first national semifinal.

The Bulldogs are the lowest-seeded team to play for the national title since Villanova won it as a No. 8 seed in 1985.