Miami (OH) vs Butler

Miami (OH) vs Butler : Nate Fowler looks for a rebound during a game last season. Fowler and the Butler men’s basketball team will begin regular season play against Miami (OH) on Nov. 10. Jimmy Lafakis/Collegian file photo.
Here is the program-defining stat:

Each of the last four years, Butler has earned an NCAA Tournament berth and won at least one game in March. Butler is one of only eight programs in the country to accomplish that feat. The Bulldogs secured a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2016-17 season, and the team has consistently won with two different head coaches at the helm.

I say that to say this. Butler will go to the tournament this year. Death. Taxes. Butler in March. The Big East is not as strong as it was last year. It is easy to focus on what Butler lost, but I would rather appreciate what the Bulldogs have. Kamar Baldwin is a star, and I think people are overlooking the depth of this roster. Players are stepping into new roles, but this iteration of the Bulldogs is an experienced one. The Battle 4 Atlantis will be critical for Butler’s resumé. It is imperative that the Bulldogs leave Paradise Island with a winning record. Not even a month after they return, Jordan Tucker will become eligible. He adds a different dimension to this team.

You might see this as a scorching take, but I think Butler will finish in the top three in the Big East. The hometown team will go dancing on the national stage. I might be crazy, or I might know that the Bulldogs succeed again and again, no matter how overlooked they are.
The Miami University men’s basketball team will open the season against perennial NCAA Tournament team Butler and face area rivals Xavier, Wright State and Northern Kentucky this season.The RedHawks on Friday released their 13-game non-conference schedule, which also features six home games and a trip to Nassau to compete in the Islands of the Bahamas.

After hosting Taylor (Ind.) University for an exhibition Nov. 5, the RedHawks open Nov. 10 at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse against Butler.Miami’s home opener is Nov. 12 vs. Midway in its Bahamas Classic mainland game. The three-game classic follows Nov. 16-18. The full bracket and schedule will be released later this summer.

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