College basketball's biggest party was once an exclusive affair, such a stretch for small schools there might as well have been "No Mid-Majors Allowed" signs plastered on the locker room doors at the Final Four.
Now, thanks to Butler, everybody thinks they've got a shot. And a blueprint for how to do it.
"The Butler Way" is a set of five principles that guide the team on and off the court. Passion. Unity. Servanthood. Humility. Thankfulness. In other words, team before all.
It sounds simplistic, but it works. Butler (28-9) is playing in its second straight national title game Monday night, hoping to beat Connecticut (31-9) and erase the heartbreak of last April, when it came within a bounce of winning it all.