Butler forward Matt Howard, front, battles for position with Wright State forward Ronnie Thomas during the first half (AP Photo/Michael Conroy).
Updated: Monday, 09 Mar 2009, 7:39 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 09 Mar 2009, 7:39 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - For the third-straight year, Butler is in the finals of the Horizon League Tournament. The Dogs will host Cleveland State. Butler has won the last two meetings by a combined four points.
The Bulldogs know beating the Vikings for the third time this year will be tough. Butler advanced to the finals after a tough battle with Wright State Saturday night and Cleveland State upset second seeded Green Bay. The championship matchup is a rematch of last year's title game and Bulldogs are prepared for a fight.
Sophomore center, Matt Howard said, “As physical as it has ever been when we play them and they play real tough that's one thing they do really well. That's where I guess where as I was talking earlier execution becomes so much more important."
Junior forward Willie Veasley adds, "It's a championship because even if we did think that we were already in we still going to come out and play so we will assure ourselves of a spot. It's a championship for our league and that's what we are going to go out there and play for.”
The championship game is Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
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