Media Day was coming to a close for the Atlantic 10 as I was sitting at one of about four or five roundtables in the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for one last time. The topic of discussion was non-conference schedules, to which I had to ask the gentleman sitting opposite me, ‘did you piss somebody off before you arrived in Indiana?’
Brad Stevens laughed.
“I know, right,” Stevens said, seemingly searching for an answer as to why he put himself and his Butler Bulldogs in such a position.
In its first year in the A10, Brad Stevens’ Butler Bulldogs’ biggest challenge may not even lie in conference play (Credit: UI Photo Service)
But in reality, it makes all the sense in the world for Stevens to test his crew early on, and he knows that. The biggest question mark surrounding Butler thus far, and with good reason, centers around whether or not the Bulldogs will be able to handle the rigors of conference play now that they’re in the A10 and not the Horizon League.
Let’s face it. A...