Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: May 8, 2011 11:22 am

Butler's Mack remaining in NBA Draft

Shelvin Mack has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and remain in the NBA Draft.

The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Mack helped the Bulldogs make the past two Final Fours. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 16 points per game last season. He's projected by most to be selected late in the first round or early in the second round of next month's draft.

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft is tonight.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:41 am

Butler's Mack in draft ... at least for now

Butler's Shelvin Mack is declaring for the NBA Draft, but whether he'll remain in it past next month's deadline to withdraw remains unclear, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

Mack has no immediate plans to hire an agent.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season while leading Butler to its second consecutive NCAA tournament title game. The Kentucky native is projected as a borderline first-round pick, though he could be aided by underclassmen like North Carolina's John Henson, Baylor's Perry Jones and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger already announcing that they will return to school.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is May 8.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:14 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 10:36 am

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

NEW ORLEANS -- Two of the following four schools will make the Final Four:
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona
  • Butler
  • Florida
That's the result of a wild Thursday night of college basketball that featured underdogs winning three of four Sweet 16 games. Nevermind what the upsets did to your bracket (or, if you're a gambler, bank account). The wildest thing is how it opened doors for teams that just two months ago didn't figure to accomplish much. The West Regional final features a No. 3 seed (Connecticut) against a No. 5 seed (Arizona) while the Southeast Regional final features a No. 2 seed (Florida) against a No. 8 seed (Butler). Three of those four teams were unranked on Jan. 17, but two of them are now guaranteed to play in Houston next weekend.

Meantime, five of the teams ranked in the top six of the preseason AP poll are done.

Duke included.

So I can't help but wonder what's next.

Richmond over Kansas?

Marquette over North Carolina?

VCU vs. Butler in the Final Four?

All of those things seem improbable.

But nights like Thursday night have a way of making unrealistic scenarios seem possible.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:09 am
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Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: March 9, 2011 12:22 pm

Guess who's in the NCAA tournament again?

Gonzaga was No. 12 in the preseason Associated Press poll.

Butler was 17th.

Neither school met those expectations this season. But in the past two days they've both still managed to do what they always do -- make the NCAA tournament somehow, someway. The Zags earned a spot with Monday's 75-63 win over Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament title game. Then on Tuesday, Butler went on the road and beat Milwaukee 59-44 to win the Horizon League's automatic bid.

So now everything makes sense.

And do you see why Gonzaga and Butler are both great coaching spots?

While power-conference jobs like Clemson, Marquette, Minnesota, Alabama, Baylor, Southern California and countless others require coaches to build to the point where they can hopefully earn at-large bids during nice years, Gonzaga and Butler are setup to make the NCAA tournament in good and bad times alike. Both are national brands that garner intriguing non-league opportunities. When things go well, the Zags and Bulldogs receive Top 25 votes and remain ranked most of the season. When they don't, the programs are still solid enough to win their inferior leagues, which is why Gonzaga is about to play in its 13th straight NCAA tournament, Butler in its fifth straight.

That's also why Few has never left Gonzaga.

And it's why Stevens probably won't leave Butler (unless Indiana calls someday).

In a sport where coaches secure contract extensions with NCAA tournament bids and get fired after consecutive NITs, this season proved why Few or Stevens would be foolish to leave a job with so many built-in advantages for a middle-of-the-pack power-conference gig. At most BCS-affiliated schools, a coach has to at least slightly overachieve to make the NCAA tournament. But Gonzaga and Butler are so strong relative to their conference brethren that coaches there can reasonably expect to make the Field of 68 regardless of the circumstances or even if they underachieve.

That's the definition of a great job.

And by great, I mean really, really safe.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Butler, Gonzaga
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:03 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 7:18 pm

Butler going from one historic event to another

Marian coach John Grimes watched his team get clobbered by 29 points.

He then spent a few minutes paying his respects.

"This is a historic event," Grimes said. "We were here for a certain occasion ... and we understand that."

I can appreciate a man who knows his role.

Butler unveiled its 2010 "National Finalist" banner in a ceremony before tipoff Saturday, then opened the 2010-11 season with an 83-54 win over an NAIA team from Indianapolis that bussed to Hinkle Fieldhouse and caused zero problems. Which is the way it was supposed to be. The Bulldogs spent part of the afternoon remembering the past and roughly two hours getting the future off to a nice start at the expense of an vastly inferior opponent designed to enhance the celebration. All-American candidate Shelvin Mack scored 20 points while Ronald Nored got five assists and four steals. It was easy work for the No. 17 Bulldogs, whose victory kept ranked schools undefeated through six days of this still-young season.

What's next figures to be less simple.

The Bulldogs will now find themselves on the opposite side of a historic event.

They'll be the visitors when Louisville opens the brand new KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday night.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:45 pm

Zeller picks Indiana

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller committed to Indiana on Thursday.

Zeller chose the Hoosiers over an offer from Butler and another from North Carolina. The 6-foot-10 center from Washington, Ind., is rated 20th nationally by Rivals.com. He's likely to become his family's third McDonald's All-American, joining brothers Luke Zeller (played at Notre Dame) and Tyler Zeller (now plays at North Carolina).

Zeller is IU's second commitment from the Class of 2011.

The other is Austin Etherington, a 6-5 wing from Arcadia, Ind.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 12:41 pm

Zeller announcement coming up

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller is expected to announce his college decision this afternoon.

He's down to Butler, Indiana and North Carolina.

Most believe he'll pick IU.

We'll all know just after 1 p.m. ET.

(Click this link to watch Zeller's press conference live.)
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