Bulldogs do what they often do — overachieve. LaVall Jordan has the pulse of his team and a spectacular Butler coaching debut, as predecessors Thad Matta, Todd Lickliter, Brad Stevens and Chris Holtmann did. Kamar Baldwin transitions to point guard and becomes a candidate for All-America and Big East player of the year.

Kelan Martin performs like a genuine NBA prospect. Tyler Wideman steps up as a senior and emerges as a scoring threat. Other pieces fall into place. They finish second in the Big East (behind Villanova) and make another NCAA tournament run, advancing one step farther than a year ago, all the way to the Elite Eight.

Source: Indianapolis Star