All of Butler's wins were against teams I picked with the exception of Pittsburgh. Old Dominion, Wisconsin, and now Florida. I hope they win it all!
OT- Holy Shit! Butler's in the final 4... again!
When Billy Donovan and Florida were "on top of the world," Donovan signed to coach the Magic. Then he reconsidered, and said he was a "Gator for life." The next few years, there was a lot of attrition and underachievment as the players tuned him out. It has taken him four years for his team to regain national relevance.
I'm guessing, even if Izzo stays, that MSU goes through a similar drought for about three years. This is when Michigan has to strike if it wants to regain dominance in the state on a long-term basis.
Brad Stevens may be the Urban Meyer of college basketball. In his short (four-year) career he's won 116 games, four conference titles and has reached two Final Fours. Amazing.
Butler is a fun team to watch, I always like the underdog.
is Stevens is perfectly content to stay at Butler. Doesn't care about money and has a great thing going for him. IU would be wasting their time trying to lure Stevens to Bloomington.
IU and to a lesser extent Purdue are the danger jobs for Butler losing Stevens. It removes the issue of moving his family far away from their support network (I think both he and his wife have a lot of family in the Indy area), since both jobs are like an hour from Indianapolis. And if I remember correctly Stevens was an IU fan growing up.
That said, IU is going to give every opportunity to Crean to get it going, and Painter would be nuts to go from Purdue to Mizzou. And I'm not sure Stevens will be too interested in other jobs. He's an Indiana guy who doesn't seem terribly interested in leaving the state. Besides, after two Final Fours he'll be able to recruit like never before there. Wonder if Cody Zeller is wishing he had his choice back.
Watched the game at the Butler bar in Chicago, loads of fun. You never get that worried when they're losing, they always seem to find a way to get back into it and then make the plays at the end to win. Uncanny.