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Filling the Void: Butler’s Cinderella Story

Gordon Hayward and the Butler Bulldogs try to make history and shock the world.

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Filling the Void: Butler’s Cinderella Story


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We’re several months into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events, as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

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Today: Gordon Hayward and the Butler Bulldogs try to make history in their home state of Indiana, by shocking the world and defeating Duke in the NCAA Championship game.



Duke has long been a staple of the NCAA Basketball scene. As recently as 2018 with Zion, RJ and Cam, gaining national attention all the way to Christian Laettner and Grant Hill’s Blue Devils of the early 90s. Holding National titles from 1991, 1992, and 2001, the Blue Devils have been in a championship drought. In fact, the last time Duke made a National Title game appearance was their last win in 2001.

With all of that built up tension, this 2010 squad is looking to leave their mark in the history books. The only thing standing in their way was a tough competitor. One that seemingly came out of nowhere.

Butler’s head coach Brad Stevens has had a tough time in the NCAA Tournament during his brief time at the helm. After seeing a second-round exit in his first trip, and then a first-round exit in the 2009 tournament, Stevens needed to advance further this year.

Luckily for him, his core of Shelvin Mack, Matt Howard, and Gordon Hayward, has delivered. Especially, on the defensive side of the ball.

The Bulldogs have dominated their opponents leading up to the National Championship. No team has scored more than 60 points against Butler this entire tournament. That’s crazy.

Duke, on the other hand, has scored less that 70 points only once in this tournament. So we’ve got quite the battle on our hands.

Hopefully, this one proves to be as thrilling as its billing!

Also, after you finish the game, here’s a sweet treat for dessert!


Also, WEAR A MASK.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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