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Bulldog faithful cheer Final Four game from Hinkle

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand people are cheering on Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in the Bulldogs' national semifinal game against Michigan State.

People began lining up at the fieldhouse on the Butler campus about 4 p.m. Saturday, two hours before game time. The doors opened an hour later.

Hinkle Fieldhouse is just miles from sold-out Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, the host venue for Saturday's Final Four games.

There's no television on the scoreboard above the court, so four big-screen TVs were set up on the floor with one facing each direction.

Students in Butler blue waved pompons and fans held up "Go Dawgs" signs in the stands. A disk jockey played music during commercial breaks and members of Butler's athletic staff threw shirts into the crowd.

"It's just like we're at the game," said Courtney Tuell, Butler's public relations director, said at the fieldhouse.

Butler advanced to its first national semifinal with wins over top-seed Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas State. Michigan State was playing in its sixth Final Four in 12 years.