Making the coaching jump from college basketball to the NBA isn’t an easy transition. When the Boston Celtics announced they hired Butler head coach Brad Stevens as the next leader of their storied organization, it received a mixed reaction.
It was last summer when I learned about Butler and Marquette facing each other in November in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
Unfortunately I determined that airfare, hotel, and tickets to the islands would be a little too pricey for that one. Not to mention it was scheduled for a Monday afternoon time slot, and so much for skipping work.
The finish of that game ranks among college basketball’s top buzzer-beaters of the season, along with Butler versus Gonzaga a couple of months later.
Last night, Butler beat Gonzaga in the Battle of the Bulldogs at historic* Hinkle Fieldhouse.
If you, like me, missed watching it live and are just catching up this morning, take a few minutes to watch the video below. Maybe watch it a few times.
What jumps out at you?
The Final Four is coming up on Saturday night and there appears to be a ton of NBA talent on the rosters involved. There are lots of names we’ll probably be hearing for years after this weekend’s games.
But last year’s Final Four was special because the teams that reached the national semifinals weren’t necessarily loaded with future NBA stars.
With that in mind we thought we would take a look at where the stars from last year’s Final Four teams are now.
Throughout March Madness, we have been counting down the greatest What ifs? in college basketball history.
We started with Hank Gathers’ tragic death, worked all the way down to Texas Western’s victory over Kentucky in 1966 at #2, and then discussed what is easily the greatest What if? in college basketball history.
What is #1? Read on to find out.