Yes, basketball fans it happened...Again.

Butler is headed back to the Sweet 16. The Bulldogs clinched a trip to the Southeast Regional after a couple of NCAA Tournament fantastic finishes that, if combined together, would likely have been rejected by a Holllywood movie company for being too unbelievable.

I've waited exactly 48 after the conclusion of the Bulldogs 71-70 win against top-seeded Pittsburgh to express my thoughts via column.

There were a number of "Holy Cow" "I don't believe it" & "Are you kidding me" comments coming from both press row during and in the media work room immediately following the epic contest.

I admit to having those reactions and more during the final 7.1 seconds and also clearly asked myself when I woke up Sunday morning, "Did that really happen?"

I have a different opinion right now.

NOTHING these Bulldogs do will ever shock me. In fact, the only thing I'll be surprised about is if Butler isn't packing its bags for Houston this time next week.

To steal the name of a popular movie I watched a child, Butler basketball is "The NeverEnding Story."

The 1984 movie is described on Wikipedia as "An epic fantasy film" While I don't recall all of the particulars about the movie (which wasn't quite as memorable the name itself) I do think the title is a good way to describe Butler Basketball.

The Bulldogs' story just keeps getting better and as they prepare for a fourth Sweet 16 appearance in eight years, I can't see the Butler basketball going anywhere, anytime time soon.

There have been hundreds of quality pieces written about Butler over the last 13 months. With some of the nation's top sports journalists on hand for the festivities at the Verizon Center this past weekend, a quick google search is likely to bring a Butler fan many more good reads.

John Feinstein's piece following Butler-Pitt was a nice blow-by-blow recap of the crazy finish. The author of "Season on the Brink" capped off the column with three simple words,

"The saga continues"

My thoughts are a few more of my recent Bulldog bits:

Matt Howard is quickly becoming one of the most memorable Hoosier Hoop heroes of all time and I fully understand what that statement means. The Bulldog senior is being called the "Best Bulldog of All-Time" by many who have spent more games in Hinkle Fieldhouse than myself.

I've heard a movement to make sure the Butler #54 jersey is retired. Matt Howard is a winner in every since of the word and his game-deciding plays this past weekend are just icing on the cake for a career for the ages.

Brad Stevens seem incapable of doing anything wrong on the sidelines and saying anything wrong in the interview room. The calm, cool, and collected coach continues to push the right buttons at the right time for "America's Team."

He even had the players believing they could come up with a Christian Laettner-like finish if Gilbert Brown was able to sink both free throws with 1.4 seconds left. He inserted freshman Eric Fromm (first playing time of the tournament) to play the role of Grant Hill and throw the in-bounds pass, likely to Howard.

"Bulldogs don't quit...Matt Howard is the leader of the pack in that regard"