Butler NCAA Tournament Preview, Prediction

    The Butler Bulldogs have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Here's a preview of the team and a prediction of how they'll do during March Madness.

    March 11, 2016

    The Butler Bulldogs have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a preview of the team and a prediction of how they’ll do during March Madness.


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    Team: Butler Bulldogs

    Record:
    21-10

    Conference:
    Big East

    Head coach:
    Chris Holtmann

    How they got here:
     At-Large Bid

    The Good

    Nobody wants to play Butler in the NCAA Tournament. This is a team that is as unselfish as any you’ll find, and the Bulldogs’ ability to have someone different step up when the team needs it most is amazing. Kellen Dunham and Kelan Martin are a one-two punch few teams can handle, and Roosevelt Jones has the experience and fire to wear down teams that keep waiting to take a breath.

    The Bad

    When Butler loses, it’s because its shooting disappears and teams force the Bulldogs out of their comfort zone. Butler’s defense can lose focus at times, too, and it can’t afford to simply try to outscore everyone in the NCAA Tournament. This is a battle-tested club that may be getting a bit tired, too.

    Prediction

    Butler has struggled to beat top teams this season, which means the Bulldogs might stick around for a game before running into trouble when the competition cranks up. Butler’s success will depend on what happens on the other side of the bracket. An upset could open the door, otherwise, the Bulldogs will be one-and-done.

    MORE: 68 Keys To Picking The Perfect Bracket

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