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Butler makes MSU mistakes hurt

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Blue II, a 6-year-old English bulldog and mascot of the Butler Bulldogs, is pictured during a pep rally for the Butler men's college basketball team in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Blue II, a 6-year-old English bulldog and mascot of the Butler Bulldogs, is pictured during a pep rally for the Butler men's college basketball team in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There's no nickname for them. The column on stat sheets says "Points Off Turnovers." It doesn't need any more description.

Butler took advantage of them and reached the national championship game in its hometown.

The Bulldogs turned 16 Michigan State turnovers into 20 points in a 52-50 victory on Saturday night.

Michigan State managed only two points off the Bulldogs' eight turnovers.

Take care of the ball and score when the other team doesn't.

Sounds simple, huh?

Butler was good enough following that credo to offset a terrible shooting performance and move within a win of one of college basketball's most unlikely titles.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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