Retro Rewind | Butler 2009-2010
Posted on April 07 2020
Butler was such an oddity for me. I should've hated them they were taking the shine from my beloved Hoosiers. I didn't hate them, In fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find many people that were anti-Butler. Anit-Purdue, Anti-IU no problem. Maybe it was their coach who was somehow dynamic yet reminded me of oatmeal. Maybe it was their players Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, and Matt Howard who reminded you of players that you played with in rec league only they were good. Really good. Maybe that's the Steph Curry effect. If you think that it could be you out there you are more interested. People clearly were ratings showed they had the highest-rated Championship game of the decade. In all of that the one image that immediately comes to mind when I think if this team is how close they were to true immortality. They are still and will be remembered as a great team but they could've been Hoosiers come to life if Haywards half-court heave had somehow found the bottom of the net.
Incredibly he hit the game-winning shot just a couple of years before in his high school finale. This time the basketball gods turned away and crowned Duke Champions.
Instead of wallowing we can revel in their stupendous year filled with achievements the likes of which Butler or maybe any other Indiana team might not see in a lifetime. Besides they didn't even wallow in the loss they went ahead and went back to the championship game the next year.
That doesn't make the previous year any less spectacular. Brad Stevens on his own had an unbelievable run that had me arguing about Archie Miller the other day. All this guy did in 6 seasons was go to the NBA tournament and win. What does Brad Stevens have that so many others have lacked?," asks Bob Ryan in the Boston Globe. "It’s not one thing, of course. It’s a package. It starts with technical knowledge. He just plain knows the game, inside-out. He is flexible; witness the countless lineups and combinations we’ve seen. He teaches basketball, not the 'Brad Stevens System,' because there is no 'Brad Stevens System.'
Matt Howard's spirit personified the grit and determination of this team. Gordon Hayward boyish look almost allowed people to underestimate his talent and fire. The team, in the end, was excellent and but for an equally incredible and more experienced Duke team, they would have been indomitable.
Overall: 33-5 .868 W-L% (4th of 334)
Conference: 18-0, 1st in Horizon
Coach: Brad Stevens (33-5)
PS/G: 68.7 (180th of 347)
PA/G: 59.4 (9th of 347)
Aaron Meyer aka "The Suit"
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