At any other university, this basketball program would be thought of as one in disarray.
“The Butler Way”—its seemingly mystical powers and all—will be put to the test more than ever this season.
Think about it for a minute, Butler fans. Arguably the best coach in college basketball jetted for bigger and better things. Your two leading scorers from a year ago are gone and your best returning player is a 6’4" forward who can’t make a shot from outside 10 feet.
And amid all of this, you’re joining the Big East just two years after competing in the underwhelming Horizon League for as long as most fans can remember.
Yet cautious optimism is the consensus attitude among Bulldog players and their fans heading into 2013-14. There is just just something about Butler and its aura that breeds success, regardless of the circumstances.
In a season of such uncertainty, wild-card performers will need to emerge, talks of possible X-factors will be in full force and Andy Smeathers might just see the light of Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Let’s not get too crazy now. Here are the five biggest wild cards for the Bulldogs’ 2013-14 season.