The Butler Bulldogs basketball program is essentially as good as any in the country. They can no longer be considered a small, underdog team that is going to shock the college basketball world and come out of nowhere. Those days are long gone. Oddly enough, so are the days when people would snub their noses as non-major conferences. The Atlantic 10, the closest thing to a major basketball conference that isn’t one, has a bunch of programs with a long track record of success and for this year, a slew of NCAA Tournament teams.
In a roundabout way, I guess what I am trying to say is, it is okay that Butler lost to a very good Saint Louis Billikens team. Sure, the loss has put the Bulldogs a game and a half back from Saint Louis for the A-10 regular season title, but season titles are no longer their main objective. That isn’t to say it is Elite Eight or bust, far from it. However, head coach Brad Stevens is likely more worried about how his team is going to do in March than a game that has no significance other than saying you were the 2013 Atlantic 10 regular season champions(Something nobody ever remembers).
Butler still has three games remaining in the regular season, one of which is a high-profile match-up against the VCU Rams, but their chance at winning the regular season title is out the window. Stevens will now use the rest of the games to fine tune his team, tweak his rotation, and get his players ready to play their best in the big dance.
Atlantic 10 regular season title, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on the Twitter Machine @JosephNardone