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Nov 28, 2006 3:20 AM

The Butler did it!

Right now this is the best hoops team in the state of Indiana. Butler defeated Gonzaga to win the NIT in New York, but the big victory came at the expense of the mighty Hoosiers. Being No. 1 in basketball crazy Indiana is probably as good as being tops in the nation.

Speaking of that, No. 1 Florida fell in overtime to Kansas right here at Orleans Arena. So much for the undefeated season.

TUESDAY

VCU at Elon: Watch out for the improved Commonwealth. VCU.

Indiana at Duke: The K will outcoaches Sampson. DUKE.

WEDNESDAY

Rutgers at Temple: The Scarlet Knights are not in the same class as their football team. Neither are the Owls. TEMPLE.

Michigan St at BC: The host Eagles appear to have lost a step. Spartans just reload. MICH ST.

Colorado at UNC-W: Buffs may think this will be easy since it’s Wilmington and not Chapel Hill. They’re in for a surprise. UNC-W.

Ohio St at UNC: With the great freshman center Odom apparently not available for a few weeks, the edge goes to the Tar Heels. UNC.

THURSDAY

Arkansas at Missouri: We feel safer taking the points. HOGS.

FRIDAY

NW State at Marquette: With Marquette off big win over Duke, we like the dog. NW STATE.

SATURDAY

Kentucky at UNC: Coming off Ohio State at home, this is not a good spot for the Heels. UK.

Clemson at S. Carolina: Down to the wire. CLEMSON.

Kansas at DePaul: KU may still be celebrating the win over Florida. Dangerous spot. DEPAUL.

Georgia St at Hofstra: The NCAA snub remains. HOFSTRA.

Sacramento St at Louisville: Sacrificial lamb is more like it. Rick Pitino rarely shows any mercy. LOUISVILLE.