A pair of stories written from media day at the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – A No. 5 seed has never won the NCAA tournament, but one team will get another step closer to making history.

Fifth-seeded teams Butler University and Michigan State University will play at 6:07 p.m in their first matchup since 1971. The winner will face the Duke University-West Virginia victor for the championship Monday.

To get to Final Four, both teams have faced their share of struggles.

Outside of Butler’s opening round game against the University of Texas at El Paso, the Bulldogs’ and Spartans’ tournament games have been decided by seven points or less. In fact, Michigan State’s margin of victory of 3.25 points per game in the 2010 NCAA tournament is the lowest for a Final Four team in history.

“I’d say this is a season of destiny,” Michigan State sophomore Delvon Roe said. “We’re used to playing close games.”

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INDIANAPOLIS – Butler University is only five miles away from Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Bulldogs hold the hearts of most of the Circle City.

“It’s going to be an honor to play in front of 70,000 people,” sophomore Shelvin Mack said. “I never thought I’d have a chance to do that.”

But their opponent, Michigan State University has found Indianapolis to be a friendly city as well.

The Spartans won their most recent NCAA Championship in 2000 in the RCA Dome, defeating the University of Florida on April 3, 2000.

Last year, Michigan State upset overall No. 1 University of Louisville in Lucas Oil Stadium to make the Final Four.

In fact, the Spartans have never lost an NCAA Tournament game in Indianapolis (7-0).

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