FISEHRS, Ind. (WISH) - A Fishers couple — big fans of the Butler-Bucknell matchup — is making the drive to Lexington, Ky. to watch the game first hand. But they won't be rooting for the same team.
Butler University is facing Bucknell University in the first round of the men's basketball NCAA Tournament.
Kristen Raves is a Butler graduate and her husband, Brian, is a Bucknell alumnus. And for the moment, they are a house divided.
Drive by their Fishers home and you'll see a "Go Bulldogs" sign in the front yard. But don't let that fool you. Inside, the two have very divided loyalties.
The night the two learned that Butler would face Bucknell, Kristen said she returned home to find he had all of his Bucknell shirts lined up.
"So I immediately went upstairs," says Kristen, adding she took her Butler gear out too.
The two of them have dozens of T-shirts — some featuring Butler's bulldog, others with the Bison of Bucknell.
Five years ago when the Raves got married, neither expected this kind of basketball dilemma to hit the household. In fact, Brian supported Butler in their run to two tournament championship games. But he is still a Bison at heart. He is among those who created the Soyka Psychos, the Bucknell equivalent to the dog pound.
"Let's be honest. Blue II and Trip are the best mascots in the nation. They are," says Kristen to Brian. Brian says in return, "They're cute. Cute doesn't win basketball games."
The two have tickets to see their teams fight it out on the court. Then they'll ride home, one wearing a smug smile along with the winning team's T-shirt.
Brian's 11th seeded Bisons are the underdog. He knows it. But he remembers 2005, when 14th seed Bucknell beat Kansas in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
"I'd be really excited. And I'd probably rub it in her face for the rest of our lives," says Brian.
But Kristen isn't expecting an upset to happen.
"I'll show the Butler way. You know, humble and compassionate. But I'm still going to completely rub it in his face," she says.
Brian says Bucknell is essentially the Butler of Pennsylvania — a small liberal arts school with a student population of about 4,000.
And the Bison hope to do to the Bulldogs what the Bulldogs have been doing to other teams in the tourney for the past few years.
Kristen is not only a Butler grad, she also works in the admissions office.
You can see who gets bragging rights on WISH-TV Thursday starting at 12:40 p.m.
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