NCAA Tournament: Has Butler Dropped the Underdog Title?
NCAA Tournament Gives Butler a Chance to Get Over the Underdog Status
The Butler Bulldogs are the lowest seed to reach the Final Four since George Mason made their historical run a few years ago. However the Bulldogs are making their second straight appearance on college basketball’s biggest stage. Does that mean it’s time to drop the “underdog” moniker that the media has thrown their way for the last year?
Honestly I think anyone who has paid attention to Butler would tell you that last year’s team was not an underdog. They started the season ranked in the top 10 of some polls and although they were a five seed by NCAA standards they were among the best teams in the tournament coming off a perfect conference season.
This season is different. They lost their best player Gordon Hayward to the NBA draft and their best perimeter defender to graduation yet somehow they are back in the Final Four.
I think a lot of credit can be given to Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard. The two of them led the Bulldogs all season and have really given Butler an identity as a tough team that won’t back down. I am especially impressed with Howard. Last year he was a complimentary player to say the least but now he is their leading scorer and best post defender.
Head coach Brad Stevens has also become one of the marquee coaches in college hoops. He may look like a 14–year-old but he is wise beyond his years. I look forward to a long and successful career for him.
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