The Future of Butler Bulldogs Basketball

Jimmy CookContributor IJuly 15, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Blue II, the mascot of the Butler Bulldogs, on the court before the Bulldogs take on the Duke Blue Devils before the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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IndianapolisJames Cook July 15,2010
A season where feelings were everywhere, a first time undefeated horizon league champion, an amazing run to the National Championship, a possible championship winner that was 3 inches to far to the right, and a star player in Gordon Hayward now leaving early and joining the NBA.   These are the pieces of the puzzle left in Butler Bulldogs Head Coach Brad Stevens three months removed from the heartbreaking NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game loss to the Duke Blue Devils.   So what’s next?
"Tracy and I are thrilled and very thankful for the opportunity to continue to play a role for Butler University," Stevens, referring to his wife, said. "We are already looking forward to the 2010-11 season."(Stevens Response to a question in interview on espn after signing contract extension.)
Stevens, who has produced the school's only two 30-win seasons and is 89-15 through three seasons at Butler doesn’t need to worry too much about the loss of Gordon Hayward. The starting roster for the Bulldogs this November includes returning Seniors Matt Howard(Center,) Shawn Vanzant(Guard,) and Zach Hahn(Guard,) returning Junior Guards Shelvin Mack and Ronald Nored, and returning Sophomore Andrew Smith(Center.)
Coach Stevens is hopeful that this November’s Dogs Squad will be able to fix the early defeats Butler had last season and continue where they left off in April.
“We were top 10 this past season, but in my opinion, we were 190th in November and December. We weren't very good then. So we want to have a great offseason, a great fall prep and then November and December,” said Stevens.(Stevens in an interview with after a contract extension with Butler.)
~James Cook Future Associated Press