If the past is any indicator, the Butler Bulldogs appear to be a best-case scenario waiting to happen.
The term would aptly describe a 2009-10 squad that was within one point of a national championship after reaching the NCAA tournament as a No. 5 seed, or an even more improbable bunch reaching the final game of the dance a year later.
The honeymoon has long passed since then. Coming off a 27-win season that ended in a disappointing NCAA tournament loss to Marquette, Butler once again finds itself in position to retool its starting five—albeit with some important pieces returning to the fold.
Can the 'Dawgs overcome the loss of Rotnei Clarke's scoring and Andrew Smith's awkward yet effective display of manning the paint?
Negativity certainly isn't a staple of Brad Stevens' coaching style. Therefore, here's what the head master will be be hoping for in order to fuel a successful 2013-14 tournament run.