INDIANAPOLIS—If Gordon Hayward had a dollar for every time he was asked about it, he could buy a nice steak dinner.
No really, he could.
"Yeah they asked like 30 questions about Hoosiers," said the forward on Sunday, after nearly three weeks of NCAA Tournament press conferences.
Other players have shared similar tales throughout the postseason, having to talk about the school's famous connection to one of the most popular sports movies of all time, "Hoosiers".
The film starring Gene Hackman is based of the 1954 run by Milan to the Indiana State High School Championship despite being one of the smallest schools in the state. In the ending scene, in which the fictional Hickory Huskers play South Bend Central, the game takes place at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler's home gym.
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The tradition, intensity of the crowd and old time feel of the venue made it a fan favorite, and with a small school picking up the win, immediately drew comparisons to Butler.
"It's where were from, to have that comparison," said current Bulldogs assistant and former standout player Darnell Archey.
Having that brought up time and time again has caused mixed reactions among the team. Hayward said the team doesn't mind it as much, and Shelvin Mack pointed towards the same, but said he'd like people to perhaps drop the tag.
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"Some of us don't really like it, were a great team. Sometimes we don't get credit for the job we do out on the court," said Mack of the movie.
The chances of that happening certainly has increased over the last few weeks, as the Bulldogs have gone from mid major to championship finalists thanks to five consecutive wins in the tournament, including a win over Michigan State in the Final Four on Saturday.
"I don't know how they couldn't just because of what we've done this year," said senior Willie Veasley on whether this run by the Butler will finally take them out of the "Hoosiers" shadow. " The run this year has been unreal."
But if its still not enough for people to let go, Archey has a more logical argument as to why this team has little connection to the movie beyond the size of the school.
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"Back when I played, we might have been "Hoosiers-Type" players," said Archey, whose 2003 Sweet 16 Bulldogs team was loaded with shooters. "These guys are athletes, their the real deal. Ronald Nored, Shelvin Mack, Gordon Hayward.
"They're not prototypical "Hoosiers Type" players from the '50s."