Are there two better examples of mid-major success in college hoops than Gonzaga and Butler?
The Bulldogs and the Bulldogs have set the standard of how good teams from small schools can do year-in and year-out.
Sure, Creighton could be considered as another top mid-major, but the teams coached by Mark Few and Brad Stevens are the gold standard.
But, which program is the more successful of the two?
It's fantastic that, this weekend, we get to see Gonzaga and Butler square off (Sat. Jan 19, 9 pm EST).
Don't you think this game should be scheduled every season? Me too!
But to determine which program is more successful, we will need to look at the two programs over a longer period of time.
If we step back and look at them since 2000, that allows for a better comparison, and it covers the start of the Mark Few era until the present.
Here are four factors to help us sort out which is the more successful mid-major: Gonzaga or Butler?