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Butler Bulldogs
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School Name: Butler University
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Arena: Hinkle Fieldhouse
Capacity: 9,100
Conference: Big East
Head coach: LaVall Jordan

The Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school's team currently competes in the Big East Conference, of which it has been a member since 2013. The Bulldogs are currently coached by LaVall Jordan.

Competitive standing

Despite playing in a mid-major conference, Butler has risen to national prominence in recent years. They have been ranked in most media polls for all but a few weeks since the 2006-07 season, and have appeared in every NCAA tournament since then. In 2010, Butler was runner-up to Duke, after advancing all the way to the National Championship after defeating Michigan State in the Final Four. 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.

In 2011 Butler defeated the Florida Gators to advance to its second consecutive Final Four, becoming only the second mid-major program to do so since 1979, when the seeding of the tournament began.

Basketball community

Because of the school's history of basketball success, location in the heart of the land of "Hoosier Hysteria", and lack of a BCS level 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 online communities exist to facilitate discussion among fans. BU Hoops is a community for fans to discuss Butler Basketball, exchange tickets, other Butler sports, and general topics. Alternatively, Butler Fans allows for targeted discussion relating to Butler University and Horizon League men's basketball recruiting, as well as general Butler Basketball.

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.

NCAA tournament results

The Bulldogs have appeared in eleven NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 17–10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
1962 - First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Bowling Green
Kentucky
Western Kentucky
W 56–55
L 81–60
W 87–86
1997 #14 First Round Cincinnati L 86–69
1998 #13 First Round New Mexico L 79–62
2000 #12 First Round Florida L 69–68 OT
2001 #10 First Round
Second Round
Wake Forest
Arizona
W 79–63
L 73–52
2003 #12 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Mississippi State
Louisville
Oklahoma
W 47–46
W 79–71
L 65–54
2007 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Old Dominion
Maryland
Florida
W 57–46
W 62–59
L 65–57
2008 #7 First Round
Second Round
South Alabama
Tennessee
W 81–61
L 76–71 OT
2009 #9 First Round LSU L 75–71
2010 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship
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 61–59
2011 #8 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship
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

NIT results

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

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

Bulldogs in the NBA

Awards

National Coach of the Year

  • Todd Lickliter - 2007

All-Americans

  • H. W. Middlesworth - 1924
  • Frank Baird - 1934
  • Jerry Steiner - 1940
  • Bob Dietz - 1941
  • Ralph "Buckshot" O'Brien - 1950
  • Jimmy Doyle - 1950
  • Ted Guzek - 1957
  • Billy Shepherd - 1971
  • Chad Tucker* - 1985
  • A. J. Graves* - 2007
  • Mike Green* - 2008
  • Matt Howard* - 2009
  • Gordon Hayward* - 2010
  • Kelan Martin* – 2018

(*) Denotes Honorable Mention

Academic All-Americans

  • Chris Miskel - 1995***
  • A.J. Graves - 2007*, 2008**
  • Drew Streicher - 2008***
  • Matt Howard - 2009**, 2010*, 2011*
  • Gordon Hayward - 2010***

(*) Denotes 1st team
(**) Denotes 2nd team
(***) Denotes 3rd team

Academic All-American of the Year

  • Matt Howard - 2011

Horizon/MCC Player of the Year

  • Darin Archibold - 1991
  • Jon Neuhoser - 1997
  • Rylan Hainje - 2002
  • Brandon Polk - 2006
  • Mike Green - 2008
  • Matt Howard - 2009
  • Gordon Hayward - 2010

Big East Coach of the Year

  • Chris Holtmann – 2017

Horizon/MCC Coach of the Year

  • Joe Sexson - 1984
  • Barry Collier - 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000
  • Thad Matta - 2001
  • Todd Lickliter - 2005, 2007
  • Brad Stevens - 2009, 2010

Indiana Collegiate Conference Player of the Year

  • Tom Bowman - 1962
  • Wayne Burris - 1977
  • Tom Orner - 1978

Indiana Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year

  • Tony Hinkle - 1956, 1961, 1962
  • George Theofanis - 1973, 1977
  • Joe Sexson - 1978

MAC Most Valuable Player

  • Ralph "Buckshot" Owens - 1949

Information on the awards comes from the 2009-2010 media guide. [1]

Record

Season Head Coach Overall Record Conf. Record Postseason
1896-97 Unknown 1-0 - -
1897-98 James Zink 2-3 - -
1898-99 James Zink 0-2 - -
1899-00 Walter "Mike" Kelly 2-1 - -
1900-01 Mike Kelly 2-1 - -
1901-02 Mike Kelly 1-3 - -
1902-03 Mike Kelly 1-3 - -
1903-04 Ralph Jones 2-2 - -
1904-05 Edgar Wingard 6-2 - -
1905-06 Edgar Wingard 1-1 - -
1906-07 Art Guedel 2-4 - -
1907-08 John McKay 4-4 - -
1908-09 John McKay and Joe McCrea 5-2 - -
1909-10 Walter Gipe 3-4 - -
1910-11 Bill Diddle 5-7 - -
1911-12 Bill Diddle 5-5 - -
1912-13 G. Cullen Thomas 3-8 - -
1913-14 Did not play - - -
1914-15 G. Cullen Thomas 3-4 - -
1915-16 G. Cullen Thomas 3-4 - -
1916-17 G. Cullen Thomas 7-6 - -
1917-18 G. Cullen Thomas 0-6 - -
1918-19 Joe Mullane 1-9 - -
1919-20 F.E. Ellis 2-4 - -
1920-21 Harlan Page 16-4 - -
1921-22 Harlan Page 19-6 - -
1922-23 Harlan Page 16-4 - -
1923-24 Harlan Page 20-4 - AAU National Champions
1924-25 Harlan Page 11-7 - -
1925-26 Harlan Page 16-5 - -
1926-27 Tony Hinkle 17-4 - -
1927-28 Tony Hinkle 19-3 - -
1928-29 Tony Hinkle 17-2 - Team was awarded the national championship John J. McDevitt Trophy by the Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia.
1929-30 Tony Hinkle 12-8 - -
1930-31 Tony Hinkle 17-2 - -
1931-32 Tony Hinkle 14-5 - -
Missouri Valley Conference
1932-33 Tony Hinkle 16-5 9-1 -
1933-34 Tony Hinkle 14-7 9-1 -
Independent
1934-35 Tony Hinkle 13-7 - -
1935-36 Tony Hinkle 6-15 - -
1936-37 Tony Hinkle 6-15 - -
1937-38 Tony Hinkle 11-12 - -
1938-39 Tony Hinkle 14-6 - -
1939-40 Tony Hinkle 17-6 - -
1940-41 Tony Hinkle 13-9 - -
1941-42 Tony Hinkle 13-9 - -
1942-43 Frank Hedden 4-9 - -
1943-44 Did not play - - -
1944-45 Frank Hedden 14-6 - -
1945-46 Tony Hinkle 12-8 - -
Mid-American Conference
1946-47 Tony Hinkle 16-7 4-1 -
1947-48 Tony Hinkle 14-7 4-2 -
1948-49 Tony Hinkle 18-5 8-2 -
1949-50 Tony Hinkle 12-12 6-4 -
Indiana Collegiate Conference
1950-51 Tony Hinkle 5-19 3-9 -
1951-52 Tony Hinkle 12-12 10-2 -
1952-53 Tony Hinkle 14-9 9-3 -
1953-54 Tony Hinkle 13-12 7-4 -
1954-55 Tony Hinkle 10-14 8-4 -
1955-56 Tony Hinkle 14-9 8-4 -
1956-57 Tony Hinkle 11-14 6-6 -
1957-58 Tony Hinkle 16-10 10-2 NIT 1st Round
1958-59 Tony Hinkle 19-9 10-2 NIT Quarterfinals
1959-60 Tony Hinkle 15-11 10-2 -
1960-61 Tony Hinkle 15-11 10-2 -
1961-62 Tony Hinkle 22-6 10-2 NCAA Regional 3rd Place
1962-63 Tony Hinkle 16-10 10-2 -
1963-64 Tony Hinkle 13-13 9-3 -
1964-65 Tony Hinkle 11-15 5-7 -
1965-66 Tony Hinkle 16-10 8-4 -
1966-67 Tony Hinkle 9-17 5-7 -
1967-68 Tony Hinkle 11-14 6-6 -
1968-69 Tony Hinkle 11-15 4-4 -
1969-70 Tony Hinkle 15-11 6-2 -
1970-71 George Thoefanis 10-16 4-4 -
1971-72 George Thoefanis 6-20 2-6 -
1972-73 George Thoefanis 14-12 8-4 -
1973-74 George Thoefanis 14-12 9-3 -
1974-75 George Thoefanis 10-16 6-6 -
1975-76 George Thoefanis 12-15 6-6 -
1976-77 George Thoefanis 13-14 7-3 -
1977-78 Joe Sexson 15-11 6-0 -
Independent
1978-79 Joe Sexson 11-16 - -
Horizon League
1979-80 Joe Sexson 12-15 2-2 -
1980-81 Joe Sexson 5-22 1-10 -
1981-82 Joe Sexson 7-20 3-9 -
1982-83 Joe Sexson 15-13 9-5 -
1983-84 Joe Sexson 13-15 7-8 -
1984-85 Joe Sexson 19-10 8-6 NIT 1st Round
1985-86 Joe Sexson 9-19 2-10 -
1986-87 Joe Sexson 12-16 4-8 -
1987-88 Joe Sexson 14-14 5-5 -
1988-89 Joe Sexson 11-17 3-9 -
1989-90 Barry Collier 6-22 2-12 -
1990-91 Barry Collier 18-11 10-4 NIT 1st Round
1991-92 Barry Collier 21-10 7-3 NIT 1st Round
1992-93 Barry Collier 11-17 6-8 -
1993-94 Barry Collier 16-13 6-4 -
1994-95 Barry Collier 15-12 8-7 -
1995-96 Barry Collier 19-8 11-5 -
1996-97 Barry Collier 23-10 12-4 NCAA 1st Round
1997-98 Barry Collier 22-11 8-6 NCAA 1st Round
1998-99 Barry Collier 22-10 11-3 NIT Quarterfinals
1999-2000 Barry Collier 23-8 12-2 NCAA 1st Round
2000-01 Thad Matta 24-8 11-3 NCAA 2nd Round
2001-02 Todd Lickliter 26-6 12-4 NIT 2nd Round
2002-03 Todd Lickliter 27-6 14-2 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2003-04 Todd Lickliter 16-14 8-8 -
2004-05 Todd Lickliter 13-15 7-9 -
2005-06 Todd Lickliter 20-13 11-5 NIT 1st Round
2006-07 Todd Lickliter 29-7 13-3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2007-08 Brad Stevens 30-4 16-2 NCAA Second Round
2008-09 Brad Stevens 26-6 15-3 NCAA First Round
2009-10 Brad Stevens 33-5 18-0 NCAA Runner-up
2010-11 Brad Stevens 28-10 13-5 NCAA Runner-up

Record information[2]

See also

References

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