The defeat marked the Bulldogs’ second consecutive loss and the first time all season long that they had dropped back-to-back games. At 22-7 overall, Butler has dipped down to a fourth place tie with Temple in the Atlantic 10 Conference as the last week has seemingly become about missed opportunities for the Bulldogs.
The A-10 Conference is currently headlined by both VCU and Saint Louis and the only true stat that suggests that Butler is a step below them is the fact that they went 0-3 against the two combined squads on the season.
In all though, there is no time to dwell on back-to-back losses. Butler must move forward, especially with another road game on the docket this Thursday at UMass.
With that being said, head coach Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs know a thing or two about winning in March. Butler is certainly destined for theNCAA Tournament, so their focus simply remains on closing out the season strong and making a run within the conference tournament.
Gearing up for March should go hand-in-hand with their ability to stay on track and move forward despite the back-to-back losses.
Overall, Butler missed some prime opportunities over the course of this past week to stake their claim and make a push at a regular season title. Albeit that is not going to be the case, the Bulldogs could certainly be the last A-10 team alive was all is said and done and that’s thanks in large part to an experienced coach who has been in this position before.
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