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No. 9 Butler continues incredible run of success by sticking to deep-rooted bluieprint

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    Butler's Roosevelt Jones, left, goes up for a shot against La Salle's Steve Zack, center, and Jerrell Wright during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press)

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    Butler head coach Brad Stevens yells to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against La Salle, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press)

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    Butler's Alex Barlow, bottom, passes the ball under pressure from La Salle's Tyreek Duren during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Philadelphia. La Salle won 54-53. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press)

Butler's legacy of success is enough to make any college basketball school jealous.

More national championship game appearances than any school in the nation over the past three years, the first Indiana school to reach back-to-back Final Fours and four trips to the NCAA regional semifinals over the past decade. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this season's Bulldogs are beating the big boys, winning close games and making implausible seem probable again.

The Bulldogs have spent more than two decades building their program around a group of players that complement one another rather than a major star or two, and they believe they can beat any team.