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Could Butler Earn A One Seed In The NCAA Tournament?
If the Butler Bulldogs win the remaining seven games on their schedule and finish the regular season at 27-4 and then go on to win the Atlantic 10 conference tournament, there is a strong possibility the Bulldogs would have a case to be a number two seed, maybe even a one.
The Bulldogs have three huge games against VCU, Saint Louis and Xavier on their remaining schedule. The Xavier and Saint Louis games would be redemption wins for earlier losses this season and both of those games will be at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
While the Bulldogs should have their hands full at VCU, it isn’t impossible that they win all three. Nonetheless, this isn’t the Horizon League full of mid-major mediocrity. Winning the rest of their games as well as a conference championship is a lot harder to do and, quite honestly, something not a lot of people would expect from this team. But it’s not an out-of-this-world type of thought.
Thus, the reality of the Bulldogs grabbing a top two seed in March is scary, considering their tournament success in recent years at lower seeds. With their wins over Gonzaga and Indiana, Butler found a way to win in late situations, one of which was in overtime on a neutral court in Indianapolis against the No.1 Hoosiers.
But is this honestly a possibility?
Absolutely—with a catch—when I say if the Bulldogs go unbeaten the rest of the way and win their conference tournament I literally mean they’d have to do just that. But let’s say, what if the Bulldogs win against two of the three big conferences opponents I mentioned and at least make it to the Atlantic 10 final? I still think this is a team deserving of a top five seed come March.
Butler begins the last leg of their regular season schedule tonight against Charlotte at home.