This isn’t about the Bulldogs.

Yes, Butler will be the team taking the floor tonight to square off against Connecticut, seeking the first mid-major championship since before the term “mid-major” even existed. (Your definition of the 1990 UNLV team may skew that detail.)

But Butler is representing every small school that wants to do basketball the right way.

The Bulldogs have built a program around doing things “The Butler Way,” something coach-turned-athletic director Barry Collier is credited with developing. The Butler Way involves five components: passion, unity, servanthood, humility and thankfulness — attributes seen through the play of the Bulldogs night in and night out.

While Butler received national attention for its run to the title game last season, all of that has been in the works since the late ’90s.

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