Buffalo: No Labels, Please

By David Scott - March 14, 2007

Butler returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003 and for its seventh time overall. They gained one of six mid-major at-large bids as they tied the school record for regular seaosn wins with 27.

That "mid-major" moniker is something that some schools embrace, some schools run from and still others take it for what it is (especially in the afterglow of George Mason's Final Four run). Bulldog head coach Todd Lickliter (a Butler grad, Class of 1979) doesn't seem to care one way or the other how is team is referred to.

"We don't speak to it a whole lot, but I don't think we shy away from who we are," said Lickliter, who is 129-60 in his sixth year athe Indianapolis school. "Teams out of our conference have represented the league well in recent years. We don't concern ourselves with labels, we can't concern ourselves with what people think."

But Lickliter does harken back to what George Mason was able to accomplish.

"I don't think it was a bad thing," said the dry and witty Lickliter. "It was good for the whole basketball world. What would be fun is for one of us to do it again."

With the use of "us," we guess Lickliter does take to some degree of labelling.

. . . Maryland assistant and ex-NBA shaprshooter, Michel Adams, was attempting high-arcing jump shots with a few of the Terp players toward the tail end of the team's court access.

. . . Maryland, like many teams, takes half court shots to end practice and the winner of today's "contest" was freshman reserve Jerome Burney, who banked in his heave. The ugliest shot of the proceedings was launched by junior Bambale Osby, who shoots 59 percent from the field and has never attempted an in-game 3-pointer in his debut season (he's a Juco transfer from Paris (TX) Junior College).

. . . Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier sat behind Hang Time during the Bulldogs' pressers. Collier is the former head coach at Butler (1989-2000) and at Nebraska (six years), who returned to his alma mater last summer as the AD. He's also in the Butler Hall of Fame.

. . . Butler is in the midst of its court time until 2:55 p.m. and the next team to take the floor will be Duke, which has a section of about 10-15 supporters waiting for their Blue Devils 4:25 court time.

The next media availibility comes at 3:45 and 4:00 p.m. with Duke players and Coach K.

. . . We're going to find some chow and start in on our third Nestea iced tea of the day (placed respectfully and legally in the NCAA/Dasani cups that are mandatory for courtside drinkers).

Posted by David Scott at 02:25 PM on March 14, 2007

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