Butler's Much-Loved Nored Faces Tough Task
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.
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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?
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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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