No. 12 Butler is Ready to Dance

Bulldogs bite Cleveland State in Horizon League final
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 12:52 AM CDT
Butler's Julian Betko (1) celebrates with teammates in the final seconds of their championship basketball game against Cleveland State in the Horizon League tournament in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Senior guard Mike Green tied a career-high with 24 points as No. 12 Butler downed Cleveland State 70-55 to earn its fifth Horizon League championship. The Bulldogs last won the league in 2001, but have journeyed to the NCAA tournament twice since then as an at-large team. J'Nathan Bullock led the Vikings with 21 points and nine rebounds, reports the Associated Press.

Butler jumped out to a 20-6 lead, but the Vikings rallied and pulled to within four at the break. Cleveland State hung around early in the second half, but a 17-3 Bulldog run doomed any chances of victory. The Vikings are now left hoping for an at-large bid to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1986. (Read more basketball stories.)