Butler's Much-Loved Nored Faces Tough Task Tiny Butler University is the darling of March Madness — again. The Bulldogs have made it to the finals of the men's basketball tournament for the second year in a row. And on this beloved team, there is one player who is more beloved than the rest. Ronald Nored has the un-enviable task of trying to stop UConn's point guard Kemba Walker.
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Butler's Much-Loved Nored Faces Tough Task

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Butler's Much-Loved Nored Faces Tough Task

Butler's Much-Loved Nored Faces Tough Task

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Tiny Butler University is the darling of March Madness — again. The Bulldogs have made it to the finals of the men's basketball tournament for the second year in a row. And on this beloved team, there is one player who is more beloved than the rest. Ronald Nored has the un-enviable task of trying to stop UConn's point guard Kemba Walker.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

NPR's Mike Pesca introduces us to a Butler guard named Ronald Nored, who has become wildly popular while barely scoring a basket.

MIKE PESCA: So I have noticed, like if you look around at everyone wearing jerseys, a couple of Matt Howards; I haven't seen too many Shelvin Macks. Mostly Ronald Nored, why?

NORRIS: The intensity that he brings to the court, I mean, the guy is just a defensive wizard. You can just watch him and know exactly what's going on, on - whenever we're on defense.

PESCA: Student Maddie Silverstein(ph) says Nored's appeal goes beyond his play.

NORRIS: Ronald's one of those guys who - everyone on campus knows him. He's just - friendly, will go up and talk to anyone. He smiles at everyone. He's a nice guy, holds the door open.

PESCA: Ironic, then, that it's Nored's job to shut the door on the opposition's best guard. Tonight, that's the masterful Kemba Walker of UConn. Nored is Butler's stopper - a position more prevalent in college, where championship teams often have one player whose contribution is almost purely on defense.

B: Welcome to Nored Island.

NORRIS: You put him on a player, and that player is erased from the game.

PESCA: Matt Werner says he sees her at all the games.

NORRIS: Always, she would say hi to me after the games; give me a hug, so...

PESCA: Did she know you to give you a hug, or were you just the guy with the blue hair?

NORRIS: I was just the guy with the blue hair. She loved the hair.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

PESCA: There are more number 5 jerseys in the student section than everyone else combined - which is kind of weird, since you're a sixth man. Why do you think that is?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

NORRIS: I have no - that's a great question. I have no idea. My guess is probably just because it's a white jersey, and the white jersey looks good. I have no idea.

PESCA: Mike Pesca, NPR News, Houston.

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