Without a doubt I couldn't let another day go by without writing about Butler. I had this whole fabulous Hoosiers style fairytale formulated and penned. Just as I was about to press post, a text came through from my good friend Dylan informing me, and I quote, "You better not write anything about Butler being a cute mid-major story. They are a legitimately great team and program." I read the text again, went to my computer, opened the article, and hit delete. Dylan's absolutely right. Butler is as legitimate as they come, which is precisely why every Glam Gal should should know more about this proven basketball powerhouse.
Kazuo Ishigaru once said, "A great butler is one who can point to his years of service, and say that he has applied his talents to serving a great gentleman, and through his latter years, serving humanity." Of course Kazuohe talking about talking about a different type of Butler, though might as well have been talking about ex-medical marketing representative turned Butler head basketball coach, Brad Stevens.
Butler University, a small liberal arts school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Known for a stellar pharmaceutical program and high level masters programs. As of last Saturday, adding to their repertoire, wait for it... Butler's the home of an exuberant final four bound basketball team. There Dylan, I said it, there was never a doubt in my mind. This team did and does have what it takes to make it into the final four, which is exactly they're headed.
After beating the best the NCAA tournament had to offer, from the likes of UTEP, Syracuse, and post- Saturday, two seed Kansas State, Butler is poised and ready to match wits against Michigan State in an all-out battle that many of us knew with time, would happen sooner then later.
I'd be remiss not to mention that when Brad Stevens went to report for work at Butler ten years ago, as a basketball operations manager, his desk was set up in the halls of the lowest rung of NCAA basketball, where trophies were scarce, and post-seasons were pipe dreams. Brad Stevens a successful marketeer had a vision, a vision of victory. Stevens climbed the coaching ladder quickly and become Butler's Head Hoops Coach. Brad Stevens tenure at Butler has been defined by brilliance, to say the least. Having the best winning percentage and most wins of D-I men's basketball for the state of Indiana, this is only just the beginning of legacy. In the last decade, Butler has won 20 games and played post-season eight out of the last ten years. Six of which, in the NCAA tournament. In 2007, Butler slid into the Sweet Sixteen, salting the pavement for 2010, when they'll join NCAA elite in The Final Four. Mid-Major no-more. Butler is in a mix with the best of 'em.
(5) Butler Bulldogs
Season Record: 34-4
Last Win: Saturday, vs. Kansas State 63-56
Next Game: Apr 3 vs. (5) Michigan State, 6:07 pm est
Head Coach: Brad Stevens
Play Maker to watch: Sophomore, Gordon Hayward
Conference: Horizon League
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana