Category Archives: Butler Basketball

Top seven reasons coaching Butler basketball is a top 10 job – in my world
June 12, 2017

I would never write (or think) that Chris Holtmann made a mistake leaving Butler University to become the head basketball coach at Ohio State. But it’s a move I would not have made because being paid a staggering amount of money to coach basketball would be enough.  I would not see greater value in being […]

Ken Pom math tells us Purdue 1st and Hoosiers 4th among Indiana’s Big 4 programs
January 6, 2017

Is Indiana an elite college basketball program? Not by Ken Pomeroy’s math, they aren’t. Fans point to NCAA failures as evidence that IU’as star is dimming.  No National Championships in almost 30 years.  No Elite Eights since 2002.  Blah, blah, blah. Forget about that March Madness stuff when evaluating IU.  One-and-done tournaments reward hyped-up underdogs. […]

Butler knocks off previously unbeaten Villanova in all-time great win at Hinkle #GoDawgs
January 4, 2017

Butler did the near impossible tonight.  The Bulldogs out-executed and out-toughed Villanova. In his postgame press conference tonight, Butler coach Chris Holtmann said, “Players win games.  Players win games.  Players win games.”  Yes they do – and yes they did. It had to happen eventually.  Villanova’s reputation for grinding out wins possession by possession is […]

Crossroads Classic lives up to its name; Butler and Purdue get Ws, but all fans win
December 17, 2016

One day each basketball season I set aside all emotional investment in who wins.  That day is today. The Crossroads Classic is a wonderful event that celebrates the love for basketball that’s absolutely unique to the State of Indiana.  Butler University, Indiana University, Notre Dame University, and Purdue University basketball programs and their fans came […]

Top 10 things we learned from celebration of Joel Cornette’s life
August 23, 2016

Yesterday, Butler University hosted a celebration for the life and legacy of former basketball player Joel Cornette.  It was attended by a couple thousand of his closest friends. There were 13 speakers, and all told different versions of the same story.  Passionate teammate whose level of belief in friends led to their rising to meet challenges on […]

Top six very, very good things about the Butler Way
August 17, 2016

For the third time in 2016, Butler’s basketball program has suffered a profound loss. First came the expected but extremely sad passing of Andrew Smith, whose goodness and competitiveness forever endeared him to staff, teammates, and fans for the latter seven years of his way-too-short 25 year life. Then we heard about “Little Em” Kampen, […]

Top 10 Indiana (and Kentucky) basketball questions to be answered in the next year
June 29, 2016

What a year of hoops action Indiana basketball fans have to look forward to.  So much potential for thrills and heartbreak with every shot, pass, and recruiting visit. This is why we love basketball – virtually anything can happen, and it likely will over the next 10 months. Some of the biggest stories in Indiana that […]