Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Butler Bulldogs have been a house hold name in college basketball over the past few years and they are back at it again for this year’s NCAA Tournament. Butler was apart of the Atlantic 10 Conference this year–and may I also remind you it is one of the best conferences in the nation–and the Bulldogs did pretty well for themselves.
Butler had some great upsets this year and some quality wins. Not many people are talking about Butler, but that is the Bulldogs’ thing. The less we talk about them, the more likely they are to go on a deep run all of the way to the national championship game once again.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Rotnie Clarke (16.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Roosevelt Jones (5.8 rpg)
Leading Passer: Roosevelt Jones (3.5 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: North Carolina, Marquette, Indiana, Gonzaga, Temple
Butler made a lot of noise at the beginning of the season by knocking off two top ten teams at the time, but no win was bigger this season than their victory over the Indiana Hooisers. That game was arguably one of the best games of the year. I mean, it did go to overtime and all.
Rotnei Clarke enters the tournament as one of the best three-point shooters in the Big Dance. It would be easy to argue that he is the best shooter in the whole entire thing. Clarke has an amazing 108 made three-pointers on the year, which is good enough to label him amongst the nation’s leaders in that regard.
The Bulldogs are a very pesky team that can hang with anyone in the country. They did not win their conference, but that is because the A-10 has so much talent. Just look at how many other teams from this conference made the dance. Yeah, exactly my point.
The Butler Bulldogs are dancing!