AP: RAMMER JAMMER BULLDOG HAMMER: Butler guard Ronald Nored grew up in Alabama and remains a die-hard Crimson Tide football fan.

And he understands that this type of title-game pairing, against a powerhouse like Duke, would be virtually impossible in college football because of the Bowl Championship Series process.

“I think this is what makes college basketball great — we can recruit guys and we can get guys just like any other university,” Nored said. “We can compete with guys just like any other university. I think it’s tough in football just because of the size and the physicalness and the skill can be such a difference between a team like Alabama and another team.

“In saying that, Alabama got beat by Louisiana-Lafayette two years ago,” he added. “And I almost cried.” (read more from the AP story on the Final Four below)