Butler's Big Dance

Butler's Big Dance

The Team, the Tournament, and Basketball Fever
Neville, Susan S.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/2010
Format: Paperback 32 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22312-8
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The Butler Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA National Championship basketball game against Duke University upon defeating Michigan State on April 3, 2010. With only 4,500 students, Butler was the smallest school to play for a national championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Coached by Brad Stevens—just three years into his position as head basketball coach—the undefeated Bulldogs were a hometown team, playing before a hometown crowd on the national stage. Two days later, Butler lost narrowly to Duke, 61–59, but their run for the championship had become a national phenomenon. From her vantage point as a Butler professor, acclaimed writer Susan Neville observed (and participated in) Hoosier Hysteria firsthand. In Butler's Big Dance, she intertwines her recollections of the events with interviews, anecdotes, and photographs to bring readers a taste of the on-campus and courtside excitement of the Bulldogs’ David-and-Goliath bid for the national title.

Author Bio

Susan S. Neville is a native Hoosier and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Butler University. Her books include Iconography: A Writer’s Meditation (IUP, 2003) and Sailing the Inland Sea (IUP, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bobby Fong
Preface: On Joy
On Fire
The Summit
The Bookstore
Why Basketball?
Beneath the Hoosier Sky
Toward a Theory of Indiana Basketball
On Being a Fan
How Surreal Was It?
Another Voice: An Alum
On Teaching
On History
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Lightness of Being
The Dance
The Dancers
Other Voices: Almost Religious
Student Athlete I
Basketball Stars
Other Voices: Rituals
Time Delay
Student Athlete II
Student Athlete III
Gordon Hayward's Decision: On Vocation
The Championship Game
Another Voice: Alum II
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
A Blessing
Epilogue: Brad Stevens Basketball Camp
Afterword: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Surreal?
Another Voice: Butler University President Bobby Fong's Speech to the Team after Their Loss in the Championship Game
The Scores, in Case You've Forgotten!

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