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Butler faces Bucknell in first round

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Before Butler can move forward, it has a date with its past.

Card-carrying members of the college basketball elite after joining the Big East Wednesday, the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (26-8) are long removed from their days as the cute and cuddly upset specialists in the NCAA Tournament. That role now belongs to the likes of Bucknell, which faces Butler in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region Thursday.

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