Butler Bulldogs men's basketball

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Butler Bulldogs
2015–16 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team
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University Butler University
All-time record 1492–1085 (.579)
Conference Big East
Location Indianapolis, IN
Head coach Chris Holtmann (2nd year)
Arena Hinkle Fieldhouse
(Capacity: 9,100)
Nickname Bulldogs
Student section Dawg Pound
Colors Blue and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament runner-up
2010, 2011
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2010, 2011
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2010, 2011
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1962, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
NCAA Tournament appearances
1962, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
Conference tournament champions
Horizon League
1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011
Conference regular season champions

Missouri Valley Conference
1933, 1934


Mid-American Conference
1947


Indiana Collegiate Conference
1952, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1962


Horizon League
1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Ball State–Butler rivalry
Sport Men's basketball
Teams
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Butler Bulldogs
First meeting December 23, 1924
Butler 27, Ball State 13
Latest meeting November 23, 2013
Butler 59, Ball State 58
Statistics
Meetings total 105
All-time series Butler leads, 67–38
Largest victory Butler, 67–17 (1921-22)
Longest win streak Butler, 13 (1958–1964)
Ball State, 7 (1977–1982)
Current win streak Butler: 2 wins
(2012-2013)
Butler–Evansville rivalry
Sport Men's basketball
Teams
  • Butler Bulldogs
  • Evansville Purple Aces
First meeting 1920-21
Butler 34, Evansville 24
Latest meeting December 21, 2013
Butler 68. Evansville 59
Statistics
Meetings total 119
All-time series Evansville leads, 61–58
Largest victory Butler, 67–17 (1921-22)
Longest win streak Butler, 8 (1927–1950)
Evansville, 8 (1987–1991)
Current win streak Butler: 2 wins (2012-2013)
Butler–Indiana State rivalry
Sport Men's basketball
Teams
  • Butler Bulldogs
  • Indiana State Sycamores
First meeting January 15, 1904
Butler 28, Indiana State 14
Latest meeting December 5, 2015
Butler 85, Indiana State 71
Statistics
Meetings total 128
All-time series Butler leads, 72–56*
Largest victory Indiana State, 109–71
(December 16, 1978)
Longest win streak Butler, 8 (1907–1912)
Indiana State, 8 (1976–1982)
Current win streak Butler: 4 wins
(2007-2015)
*Neither team claims a win for the game that took place on January 22, 1916.
Butler–Valparaiso rivalry
Sport Men's basketball
Teams
  • Butler Bulldogs
  • Valparaiso Crusaders
First meeting 1934-35
Butler 41, Valparaiso 25
Latest meeting March 3, 2012
Valparaiso 65, Butler 46
Statistics
Meetings total 103
All-time series Butler leads, 67–36
Largest victory Valparaiso, 85–49 (1945-46)
Longest win streak Butler, 15 (1957–1964)
Current win streak Valparaiso: 4 wins (2011-2012)
Butler–Xavier rivalry
Sport Men's basketball
Teams
  • Butler Bulldogs
  • Xavier Musketeers
First meeting 1936-37
Xavier 28, Butler 26
Latest meeting Feb 13, 2016
Xavier 74, Butler 57
Next meeting 2017
Statistics
Meetings total 55
All-time series Xavier leads, 37–18
Largest victory Xavier, 93–66 (1998)
Longest win streak Xavier, 7 (1994–1998)
Current win streak Xavier: 4 (2015–2016)

The Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big East Conference. Their current head coach is Chris Holtmann and they play their home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Competitive standing[edit]

Despite having played in a mid-major conference, Butler rose to national prominence in the 1990s. They ranked in most media polls for all but a few weeks from the 2006–07 season to the 2011–12 season, and competed in the postseason every year since 1997, except for 2004, 2005, and 2014. In the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Butler was the National runner-up to Duke, advancing to the National Championship Game after defeating Michigan State in the Final Four.[2] With a total enrollment of only 4,500 students, Butler is the smallest school to play for a national championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.[3] The Bulldogs also went to the championship game in the following NCAA Tournament, falling to UConn after defeating VCU in the Final Four. With the victory over VCU, Butler became the first mid-major program to reach the championship game in successive seasons since 1979, when seeding of the tournament began, and the only team from the state of Indiana to reach back-to-back championship games.[2]

In 2013–14 season, Butler moved into the realigned basketball-only Big East Conference, shedding the mid-major tag and stepping into a power conference. Their first season was mediocre, finishing 9th out of 10 teams with a 14–17 record, their first losing record since 2004–05. In their second season, despite being picked to finish 7th, the Bulldogs surprised many by finishing tied for second place in the conference. Butler finished the 2015–16 season in a tie for fourth place in Big East play with a record of 21–11, 10–8 in conference and receiving a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the Second Round.

Basketball community[edit]

Because of the school's history of basketball success, location in the heart of the land of "Hoosier Hysteria", and lack of a scholarship football program, the Butler University fan base is primarily basketball oriented. Other athletics enjoy substantial followings of current students and alumni, but only basketball has garnered interest from a national audience.

Two studies estimated that television, print, and online news coverage of Butler's 2010 and 2011 appearances in the NCAA tournament championship game resulted in additional publicity for the university worth about $1.2 billion. In an example of the "Flutie effect", applications rose by 41% after the 2010 appearance.[4] In June 2011, USA Today ranked Butler as one of the top five colleges making use of social media.[5] Specific to basketball, Butler's mascot, Butler Blue,[6][7] the men's basketball program,[8] head coach Chris Holtmann,[9] and other coaches have university-endorsed Twitter accounts. Also, online communities BU Hoops,[10] Butler Hoops,[11] and /r/ButlerUniversity[12] exist to facilitate discussion among fans. In 2013, a student-run podcast, called the "Front Row Hoopcast,[13]" was started to give commentary and insight to Butler Basketball from the student perspective.

In recent years, the Butler program has also received national attention for its philosophy to the game, which it calls "The Butler Way". At its core, The Butler Way calls for complete commitment and exalts teamwork above self.[14]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in 14 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 21–14.[15]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
1962 - First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Bowling Green
Kentucky
Western Kentucky
W 56–55
L 60–81
W 87–86
1997 #14 First Round Cincinnati L 69–86
1998 #13 First Round New Mexico L 62–79
2000 #12 First Round Florida L 68–69 OT
2001 #10 First Round
Second Round
Wake Forest
Arizona
W 79–63
L 52–73
2003 #12 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Mississippi State
Louisville
Oklahoma
W 47–46
W 79–71
L 54–65
2007 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Old Dominion
Maryland
Florida
W 57–46
W 62–59
L 57–65
2008 #7 First Round
Second Round
South Alabama
Tennessee
W 81–61
L 71–76 OT
2009 #9 First Round LSU L 71–75
2010 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
UTEP
Murray State
Syracuse
Kansas State
Michigan State
Duke
W 77–59
W 54–52
W 63–59
W 63–56
W 52–50
L 59–61
2011 #8 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Old Dominion
Pittsburgh
Wisconsin
Florida
VCU
Connecticut
W 60–58
W 71–70
W 61–54
W 74–71 OT
W 70–62
L 41–53
2013 #6 Second Round
Third Round
Bucknell
Marquette
W 56–68
L 72–74
2015 #6 Second Round
Third Round
Texas
Notre Dame
W 56–48
L 64–67 OT
2016 #9 First Round
Second Round
Texas Tech
Virginia
W 71–61
L 69–77

*Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.

NIT results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in eight National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–8.[16]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
1958 N/A First Round St. John's L 69–76
1959 N/A First Round
Quarterfinals
Fordham
Bradley
W 94–80
L 77–83
1985 N/A First Round Indiana L 57–79
1991 N/A First Round Wyoming L 61–63
1992 N/A First Round Purdue L 56–82
1999 N/A First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Bradley
Old Dominion
Clemson
W 51–50
W 75–68
L 69–89
2002 N/A First Round
Second Round
Bowling Green
Syracuse
W 81–69
L 65–66
2006 #8 Opening Round
First Round
Miami (OH)
Florida State
W 53–52
L 63–67

CBI results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2012 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Delaware
Penn
Pittsburgh
W 75–58
W 63–53
L 62–68 OT

Bulldogs in the NBA[edit]

NBA & ABA players who attended Butler University[17]

Awards[edit]

Information on the awards comes from the 2009-2010 media guide.[19]

Record[edit]

Record vs. Big East opponents[edit]

  • Creighton: 6–7
  • DePaul: 6–6
  • Georgetown: 3–5
  • Marquette: 18–17
  • Providence: 1–6
  • Seton Hall: 6–1
  • St. John's: 4–3
  • Villanova: 0–7
  • Xavier: 18–37

All-time leading scorers[edit]

Rank Name Years Points
1 Chad Tucker 1983-1988 2,321
2 Darrin Fitzgerald 1983-1987 2,019
3 Kellen Dunham 2012-2016 1,946
4 Matt Howard 2007-2011 1,939
5 A. J. Graves 2004-2008 1,807
6 Lynn Mitchem 1979-1983 1,798
7 Darin Archbold 1988-1992 1,744
8 Billy Shepherd 1969-1972 1,733
9 Jermaine Guice 1990-1994 1,607
10 Darren Fowlkes 1985-1989 1,543
11 Roosevelt Jones 2011-2013, 2014-2016 1,533
12 Wayne Burris 1973-1977 1,531
13 Shelvin Mack 2008-2011 1,527
14 Jon Neuhouser 1994-1998 1,485
15 Bobby Plump 1954-1958 1,439
16 Keith Greve 1951-1954, 1957-1958 1,400
17 Jeff Blue 1961-1964 1,392
18 Rylan Hainje 1998-2002 1,388
19 Khyle Marshall 2010-2014 1,373

Sources of information[20][21]

Tournament titles[edit]

Season Tournament Results
1923-24 AAU National Tournament W vs. Schooley-Woodstock 34-29
W vs. Hillyards 35-29
W vs. Kansas St. Teachers 40-21
W vs. K. C. Athletic Club 30-26
1947-48 Hoosier Classic W vs. Purdue 52-50
W vs. Indiana 64-51
1948-49 Hoosier Classic W vs. Indiana 64-55
W vs. Purdue 47-43
1960-61 Hoosier Classic W vs. Illinois 70-68
W vs. Purdue 65-63
1996-97 MCC Tournament W vs. Milwaukee 48-36
W vs. Green Bay 57-52OT
W vs. UIC 69-68
1997-98 MCC Tournament W vs. Loyola 62-53
W vs. Wright State 67-48
W vs. Green Bay 70-51
1999-00 MCC Tournament W vs. Loyola 61-57
W vs. Milwaukee 65-51
W vs. Detroit 62-43
2000-01 MCC Tournament W vs. Loyola 78-52
W vs. Wright State 66-58
W vs. Detroit 53-38
2001-02 Top of the World Classic W vs. Radford 73-56
W vs. Delaware 76-59
W vs. Washington 67-64
2001-02 Hoosier Classic W vs. Samford 45-37
W vs. Indiana 66-64
2006-07 NIT Tip-Off W vs. Notre Dame 71-69
W vs. Indiana 60-55
W vs. Tennessee 56-44
W vs. Gonzaga 79-71
2007-08 Great Alaska Shootout W vs. Michigan 79-65
W vs. Virginia Tech 84-78
W vs. Texas Tech 81-71
2007-08 Horizon League Tournament W vs. Illinois-Chicago 66-50
W vs. Cleveland State 70-55
2009-10 Horizon League Tournament W vs. Milwaukee 68-59
W vs. Wright State 70-45
2010-11 Diamond Head Classic W vs. Utah 74-62
W vs. Florida State 67-64
W vs. Washington State 84-68
2010-11 Horizon League Tournament W vs. Cleveland State 76-68
W vs. Milwaukee 59-44

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Butler Bulldogs - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  3. ^ Neville, Susan S.,Butler's Big Dance. Indiana University Press, 2010
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  13. ^ "Front Row Hoopcast". frontrowhoopcast.com. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  14. ^ Woods, David (2007-02-15). "'Butler Way' includes sense of urgency". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  15. ^ "Butler". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  16. ^ "2008-2009 Media Guide: History and Records Section" (PDF). Grfx.cstv.com. 
  17. ^ "NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Butler University". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  18. ^ http://www.app.com/article/A4/20110412/SPORTS/104120354/Still-living-hoop-dream
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