The Butler Bulldogs were expected to compete in the 2013-14 college basketball season even without head coach Brad Stevens. However, that is looking less and less likely and this year could be a bad one for the Bulldogs.
In a recent power ranking, ESPN ranked Butler No. 8 in the Big East Conference. That is pretty low considering the fact that many people thought Butler would still compete for a conference title.
However, leading scorer Rotnei Clarke is no longer on the team and Roosevelt Jones is out for the season. It is interesting to note that this article was released before Jones went down with an injury.
Jones would have likely been the go-to guy. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, but now we will not see him take the court and the team will take a huge hit because of his season-ending injury.
The Bulldogs do not have the talent to make up for Jones, especially since they are losing their top two leading scorers. Jones makes it top three for the 2013-14 season.
Hopefully Butler can have success under its new head coach and hopefully this is still the same team–talent wise–that earned its spot in the Big East. However, with so many losses the Bulldogs will more than likely have a down year. The recent power ranking by ESPN would likely agree with that since it did rank Butler No. 8 out of 10 teams in the conference.
Butler has brought a lot of magic to the Big Dance over the past few years, but it seems like it will be fighting just to compete in the Big East and to make the NCAA tournament this season.