Team Name- Butler Bulldogs (#9)
Coach- Brandon Miller
Top Performer Khyle Marshall (14.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 52.7% FG%)
Butler’s Season- It was a tale of two seasons for the Butler Bulldogs. They looked extremely formidable in non-conference play, going 10-2. Their only losses came by two points on a neutral floor to Oklahoma State and LSU. Then, Big East play started. In their first year in the conference Miller’s Bulldogs did not live up to the billing going 4-14. There were two different losing streaks of five and seven games. The silver lining you ask? Well there has been some improvement at the end of the year. In their final two games they beat DePaul on the road 79-46 and then came home to beat Seton Hall 71-54. Obviously these are the other two bottom feeders of the conference, but nevertheless these wins will likely give the Bulldogs confidence at Madison Square Garden.
Butler’s Road- Wednesday 7 PM vs. #8 Seton Hall. Then, Thursday 12 PM #1 Villanova
Butler’s Prospects- This is the Bulldogs first chance to play in the Big East Tournament. After a lowly ninth place finish in the regular season they haven’t shown what it takes to contend for the crown. However, they have swept the season series against Seton Hall. Meaning a Butler fan should hope for a win against Kevin Willard’s team and then to play a close game against Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats. Remember: they did play Villanova to overtime in their conference opener, but that sure seems like a long time ago.
NCAA Prospects- If Khyle Marshall and Kellen Dunham can somehow lead the Bulldogs to a miraculous four wins in a row, then Butler can go dancing. It seems just as likely you win Warren Buffet’s bracket challenge and get one billion dollars.
Buzz’s Take- As I said earlier I think that this team does have some positive momentum headed into the Madison Square Garden. Will it mean they can win more than one game? Probably not, but winning against Seton Hall and playing Villanova tough will only build momentum for next year’s campaign. I bet Butler will be back in 2014-2015 (especially when they get Roosevelt Jones back), but as for the Big East Tournament, not so much.