Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the best environments in college basketball. It’s also one of the toughest buildings to get a win in. In terms of environment, fans of the Butler Bulldogs have established a culture in their Indianapolis basketball stadium and are something like the Duke of the Midwest. Certainly any team that aspires to go into Butler and get an easy win is up for a rude awakening.
Butlers’ environment is not only gut wrenching, but the style of basketball it plays is much of the same. The Brad Stevens coached Butler Bulldogs have one of the most disciplined systems in the entire country. The Gonzaga Bulldogs, also coached by one of the best in the game, also plays within a disciplined system; albeit coach Mark Few likes to give his talented players a bit more free reign.
With the way Butler likes to stifle your offense and get you out of what you like to do best, there were some very encouraging signs if you’re a Gonzaga fan. Several times Butler executed their stuff to perfection, but Gonzaga was able to weather the storm in such a hostile environment. Whenever the game got out of hand, the Zags showed the resilience of a championship caliber team, and was able to find an answer.
With multiple scoring threats on the basketball floor, Mark Few has several weapons he likes to turn too in the clutch, and has multiple rotations he can use to counter another team’s line up. Being seconds from notching one of the best roads wins in college basketball this season, there’s plenty to be encouraged about for the Gonzaga faithful.