Butler may be playing in a big boy conference in the upcoming season, but they are just one year removed from playing in the Atlantic 10 and two years removed from being considered as a mid-major in college hoops.
The Bulldogs’ toughest out-of-conference opponent is arguably against the Purdue Boilermakers. That is a very winnable game for the Bulldogs and so is every other game on the non-conference schedule.
Butler will no longer have a Brad Stevens or a Rotnei Clarke. Heck, it won’t even have a Roosevelt Jones thanks to an injury. This team will look so much different in the 2013-14 season and it will be interesting to see how it does as a result.
If the Bulldogs do cruise through their non-conference schedule, then great. The Big East will challenge them quite a bit and will have some of the better teams in college hoops in it. This is not the Big East of last year, but it will still be one of the better conferences. Before Jones went down with an injury, Butler probably would have been predicted to finish in the top five of the conference standings.
That is definitely not the case now.
An easy out-of-conference schedule allows Butler to gain some momentum before Big East play and it also allows it to rack up the wins. It will be interesting to see how that will affect the Bulldogs’ resume.