The young men from 6 miles down the street sure aren't at Hinkle Fieldhouse anymore.
Today was anything but a typical Butler practice.
When the Bulldogs jogged out for their scheduled NCAA Final Four shootaround, their eyes widened to the sight of a Lucas Oil Stadium crowd of more than 20,000. By the time the team closed the 50-minute session, the lower bowl of 29,000 was about filled to capacity.
The people kept coming in waves. They took advantage of free admission and parking to get a glimpse at the small school from Indianapolis that has become one of the more captivating stories in NCAA Tournament history.
Still, this many people just to watch the Bulldogs shoot?
"This is Indiana," coach Brad Stevens told CBS-TV's Jim Nantz.
Stadium director Mike Fox scanned the crowd in amazement. It's the first time his venue has hosted a Final Four, and it's in the round with the court in the center to boost capacity to about 71,300.
"It's unbelievably memorable," Fox said.
The Bulldogs finished more than 5 minutes early. One by one, players walked around the court and waved to the crowd, which responded to the gesture with a roar. The heroes' exits were slowed by a seemingly endless stream of autographs.
"It was an experience, I'll tell you that," said senior Willie Veasley. "We probably didn't even play in front of that many people in the first two rounds (of the tournament)."
In the understatement of the day, junior Matt Howard said, "It's sort of awesome to see all the support."
Howard signed balls, T-shirts, cards and hats in a matter of seconds. When he inadvertently knocked a pen from a youngster's hand, the Butler player stopped, picked it up and returned it with a smile. The young boy beamed.
Butler (32-4) plays Michigan State (28-8) in Saturday's opening semifinal at 6:07 p.m. Duke (33-5) meets West Virginia (31-6) in the second semifinal.
But for so many fans who can't afford tickets, this was the highlight of the weekend. A seemingly endless procession of fans walked down the aisles to take pictures as close to the court as possible.
One trio from Connersville came to see Howard, who is from there. They had played hoops with him back home, albeit getting dunked on or getting a lot of their shots blocked.
Eighteen-year-old Tyler Risch was assigned the role of a sprinter. His 18-year-old classmate, Drew Savoy, gave the simple instructions when they arrived one hour before the gate opened at 10 a.m.
"As soon as you get inside the gate, just find the best seats possible," Savoy said.
Risch got them in the front row.
"I was kind of pushing past people to get down here," Risch said.
"He got pretty good seats, didn't he?" Savoy said.
Their other friend was all smiles. Brandon Krammes, 23, was in a car accident in 2004 and his life was altered. His speech is slow. But he didn't need to say much to convey his excitement in this moment.
"I kind of live my life through Matt now," he said with a big smile.
One of the more popular attractions was Blue II, the Butler mascot. The bulldog was panting from the walk. Aside from being the subject for so many pictures, a TV crew had the dog walk all over a Michigan state jersey.