Look... I’m going to post something pretty unpopular here, so don’t completely kill me for it. Yes, I’m annoyed/bummed that the streak is over. Butler is garbage this year, and I was happy when the K-State game was canceled (bc even though they got boat raced by some D-II school, they are still a Power 5), so I wasn’t excited about hosting a good SIU team when Butler could have scheduled like IUPUI or someone who isn’t good. In 2020, in this god awful godforsaken year, when Butler is crap, this would have been something to hold on to. For those who say “Who cares about the streak”, I do. And others should too. I don’t want this to come across the wrong way, but in the college basketball world, almost nobody cares about Butler. We on this site love it, and there is a small group of alums that do too, but largely Butler is irrelevant (and even more so in the wider sports world). Butler is basically seen as “the cute little small school that overachieved a couple times in the tournament 10 years ago by catching lightning in a bottle with two NBA players and an NBA coach who left them as soon as the right NBA job came along that will never do that again”. Now I don’t think that’s true, but that’s how most people see Butler, if they even see them at all. I have been to four Big East tournament games, and each time multiple people have seen my Butler shirt or jersey and asked me where Butler is located. And these are people coming to watch a tournament of Big East teams! Butler has never won the conference, only won one BE tourney game, and has made one Sweet 16 since the UConn title game loss (if memory serves). There isn’t a lot on which to hang their hats. But the streak was something really impressive. Butler had by far the most consecutive home non-conference wins. It was an impressive feat that was solely theirs. Something to be talked about. Something that got their logo plastered on TV during other broadcasts. Something fans could brag about. And now it’s over. Look, I get it. Butler isn’t beating out IU for a 5-star player because of the streak, but you never know when a player is going to take notice of Butler Bc the streak is mentioned during a primetime Duke game or whomever else might be on. Maybe that kid does a bit of research and likes Butler and becomes the next Kamar Baldwin. Yes, this game will help the development of the freshman, and there is a ton to be excited about, but it was nice to answer the Q “where is Butler located” with “Indy, and by the way they hold the current record for most non-conference home wins in a row”. It always makes the asker step back and think, “oh, interesting. I guess I shouldn’t be so ignorant.” And now without that, what does Butler have right now? A really bad young team that hopefully improves to where they can make a Sweet 16 and finish top half of their conference in a couple years? We could have had both... The gain in development from losing to SIU vs. beating IUPUI is small and doesn’t outweigh the loss of an accomplishment - a really really impressive one that none of the blue bloods had - that ranked Butler #1 in the college basketball world. Just my opinion. Feel free to disagree.