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Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:52 am
Edited on: November 3, 2011 1:08 am
 
By Gary Parrish

Last we saw the Butler Bulldogs they were making a run to a second straight national title game.

A third straight appearance this season seems unlikely for a variety of reasons.

A 53-50 loss to Northern State on Wednesday is among them.

"I guess we've got nowhere to go but up," Butler coach Brad Stevens told the Indianapolis Star's David Woods after the loss, and the superstar coach is pretty much right on with that assessment.

Now let's be honest: Though Butler is an impressive and accomplished program impossible not to pull for, it's hardly the type of place that can lose players like Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack in a 13-month span and show no signs of it. For all its accomplishments, Butler is still a Horizon League school that's lost players early to the NBA Draft each of the past two years, and it's just hard to recover from that. So while I'm sure Stevens will get this group to play together and better by the time February rolls around -- and while I'm confident they'll win another Horizon championship, too -- the truth is that this is probably a transitional year for the program.

The Bulldogs have lost a lot of personnel since they played Duke for the 2010 title.

A slight slip was unavoidable.

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Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

Meh, these things happen.  I wouldn't sweat it if I were a Bulldog fan.  MSU lost to DII Grand Valley State a couple years back and, no, it wasn't a Final Four season, but they still made the tourney.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

"A slight slip was unavoidable"  Slight? To a Divison 2 school?  I think it is safe to say that Butler will return to earth and settle in to something similar to George Mason.  They will not be a top 15 or even 20 school for more than a week or two over the next decade.  It was a good run but their run is over.  How long until Stevens bolts for a BCS sized school? Those of you who think he is in it for the long haul are deluding yourself. He is at butler for this and next year then gone. Count on it.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

Hey, it's better than the attention he'd be getting at Butler right now if this blog is any indication. That joke of a coach is going to school the Bulldogs on the 27th btw.




Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

I wouldn't worry about losing an exhibition game.  They are used to see where your team needs work, what players work well together.  They mean nothing.  That's why they are exhibitions. 



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

Arizona last week...Butler yesterday.  It's a sign of the times.

The media cronies all hype their favorites Big Six teams in the beauty contest called the Polls. The
designated Midmajor media darlings (Memphis, X, Zags, Butler, Belmont, etc) get much love as
well.   Expect to see an uptick in the numbers of upsets this season, temporary "retention" of the
1 & Dones notwithstanding.   Gonna be a beautiful college basketball season.

Way to play Butler! 



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:38 am
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

As a Butler fan, it's hard not to be discouraged by this, but the Bulldogs didn't really get it together until after the Youngstown loss last year either. This is obviously going to be a strong defensive team (Woods sounds like he'll be a force to be reckoned with), the question is: where are the points going to come from? The flash of brilliance that Hopkins showed in the Florida game last year (taken together with his summer Pro-Am league performance) suggests to me that he'll be a huge factor in this; but until Stigall, Jones, or Nored develops a more consistent shot, this team is going to struggle offensively. (Alternatively, maybe Jackson will be more ready for big-time minutes as the season progresses). Ultimately, I think Parrish is right, and it's going to be frustrating for fans until the team finds a lineup that works on both ends of the floor, but I think they'll figure it out soon enough.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:11 am
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

"Good thing"?  To play for that joke of a coach?  I'm sure Zeller's loving the attention over at Yahoo U. 



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:58 am
 

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

Good thing Zeller made the right choice and went elsewhere.


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