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1. If your erection lasts for more than four hours, Brad Stevens may know how to help. Prior to becoming a college basketball coach, Butler coach Brad Stevens worked for Indianapolis-based drug company Eli Lilly, makers of Cialis. That Stevens worked for Eli Lilly was no surprise, given that he played high school basketball in lily-white Zionsville and then played in college at (mostly) lilly-white DePauw. The Kevin Bacon department reports that Zionsville is also the hometown of Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles and Cleveland Indians pitcher Tom Mastny. And while we're at it, other DePauw graduates include the chick who started Angie's List, Brad Brownell (coach of the evil Wright State Raiders, one of Butler's 3 losses this year), and Steve Hollar (who played the guy who was benched for violating Norman Dale's four-passes-until-you-shoot rule in Hoosiers). Coach Stevens is only the second drug-selling coach to take his team to the NCAA tournament, however. And the first coach to do it, Kevin Mackey with Cleveland State in 1986, also lives in Indianapolis as a scout for the Pacers. Doses! One for 2, three for 5!

2. Mayor of Swish City. Butler guard A. J. Graves was the subject of a feature in the 2007 NCAA Final Four program entitled "Mayor of Swish City." A takeoff on the name of his hometown of Switz City, Indiana (population 311), the full-page color photo suggested that the town might what to consider a name change. As we told you in this spot last year, A.J. is the third Graves brother to play for Butler. Oldest bro, Matthew, helped Butler to its first NCAA Tournament in 35 years in 1996-97, and current assistant coach Andrew played on three Butler NCAA tourney teams, including the one that lost to Florida in OT in 2000. The Graves' high school, White River Valley, is actually a consolidation of several smaller schools. One of the schools that became White River Valley was L&M High School, which also has had some players worthy of being from "Swish City." The 1984 L&M team went undefeated in the regular season and included IU's Jeff Oliphant and Tony Patterson, who played for Purdue and SMU. The sixth man on that L&M team was none other than Ollie, who is famous for the underhand swish.


3. Butler hates playing mid-majors and hates Bruce Pearl. Butler's only three losses this year came at the hands of fellow mid-major programs Wright State, Cleveland State and Drake. Contrast that with Butler's 5-0 record against teams from the "power conferences." The Bulldogs beat Michigan, beat Florida State, won at Virginia Tech, beat Texas Tech in Lubbock, and made Thad's back hurt worse than normal by beating Ohio State by 20. Although playing another mid-major, South Alabama, doesn't provide the underdog role, getting a 7-seed despite being ranked in the top 10 and having to play USA in Birmingham, is sure to make the Dawgs mad. Looking to the potential second-round matchup, another thing that makes Butler mad is Bruce Pearl. Prior to landing at Tennessee, Pearl was the coach of Butler's Horizon League foe, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Butler and UWM played some fierce battles and in one title game, Butler guard Avery Sheets hit a three to win, causing Pearl to cry. Look for the Bulldogs to make Bruce Pearl cry again. — Bulldog Lounge

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