If America thought Butler's Willie Veasley, Avery Jukes and Nick Rodgers were facing long odds to win the NCAA tournament, they've found an even greater challenge in trying to take on the Harlem Globetrotters.
The three seniors have signed one-game contracts with the losing-oriented Washington Generals to play an exhibition against the Globetrotters at Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday. The Globetrotters, who put out the press release, haven't lost to the Generals since 1971.
"These kids have the winning attitude we need to push us over the hump," Red Klotz, the Generals' owner and president, said in a statement. "Playing in Indianapolis with these guys on the floor also gives us the type of home court advantage the Bulldogs enjoyed at the Final Four. I don’t think I'd want to be a Globetrotter on Wednesday night trying to shut these guys down."
The Globetrotters have lost to such college teams as Michigan State in 2000 and UTEP in 2003. Now, the red, white and blue will take on three players from Butler -- America's team -- in an attempt to keep the 39-year winning streak against the sorry Generals alive.