Butler is headed into the Big Dance, and while the Bulls’ final four games against Top 20 opponents are only a couple of months away, the Butler team is going to have a lot of work ahead of it.
The Butler players have a few things going for them heading into the game, including a lot more experience than most.
First and foremost, they’re still a team that’s been winning basketball games, but the Bulls have never been in the top 10 in points allowed per possession in the Big East, which is an important stat.
While that stat is a big part of the Bulls success, the team has also had a lot less success than expected.
So, with Butler, as the only undefeated team in the league, they’ve been expected to win games, which hasn’t been the case.
When they’re on the court, Butler has been able to win.
Last season, Butler went 3-2 against teams that ranked in the Top 25 in points per game.
In 2016, the Bulls went 3 of 15 against teams in the same position.
That means the Bulls were 4-12 against teams from the Top 10 of the conference.
If you add up the points per possessions allowed by Butler against the other 20 teams in conference, they had a net rating of minus-5.5, which would rank 21st in the country.
This season, the season’s only Big East team, the Hoosiers, have the No. 3 net rating and a No. 6 net rating, which gives Butler a much better chance of winning the game.
That’s where the game comes in.
Because Butler is only playing one game against the Hoops, they’ll be trying to hold onto their lead in the conference standings.
And because the Bulls will be playing at home, they should be able to keep the momentum going and get a win or two.
Butler’s only got one loss in the last three seasons, and they’ve played well against the teams from that conference, including playing a perfect 11-0 against Butler this past season.
“They’re just very talented, very talented teams, and we have to be smart with our preparation,” Butler coach Brian Engelland said after the win over the Hoopers.
“And they have a tough schedule, a very tough schedule.”