Everson compared NIU to Butler, which is high praise considering the Bulldogs are making their second-straight Final Four appearance. The Huskies navigated a tough bracket, knocking off Notre Dame, Standford, LSU and Wisconsin, all without their head coach and offensive and defensive coordinators! (As you recall, former NIU head coach Jerry Kill left for Minnesota right after the MAC Championship and took Matt Limegrover and Tracey Claeys with him.)
The Huskies will take on Air Force in the first semifinal game of the day. NIU was the highest seed coming out of the Mid-American Conference and the only MAC team to advance past the first round. Toledo and Temple, No. 16 seeds, and Miami a 10 seed, were all bounced in the first round.
So, as I watch the rest of the tournament, I will be pulling for Butler to win it all.