INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Yes, it’s a matchup pitting a cute bulldog against a devil, America’s favorite underdog against the team people love to hate. Dig a little deeper, though, and basketball fans might see two programs, Butler and Duke, who come from almost the same place. The teams playing for the national championship Monday hail from small, private schools that don’t simply open their doors to anyone. They’re located in different parts of the America, but both deep in the heart of basketball country. And neither pays mere lip service to the classroom. Either way, it’s Duke going for its fourth national title and Butler going for its first. The Blue Devils are 7-point favorites against the Bulldogs, who have a nation-leading 25-game winning streak.
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