Still under both the proverbial radar and preferred height for those playing at the highest level of college basketball, Alex Barlow will admit that his life has changed over the last month only because it has.
When the 5'11 Barlow hit an overtime runner to beat then-No. 1 Indiana on Dec. 15, he was a walk-on hero, the latest in a long line of them in Butler's giant-killing program. Now, he's a walk-on starter for a team that looks like a lot of other Butler teams in recent years and is playing like one, too.
The Bulldogs are 15-2 and ranked No. 13 nationally as they head into a nationally-televised game Saturday night against No. 8 Gonzaga. Butler's leading scorer, Rotnei Clarke, will miss the game due to a neck injury suffered last week at Dayton, meaning coach Brad Stevens will count on Barlow and a committee of many to pick up the slack.
It's worked before, and it's working again.
Just two years ago, Barlow was a baseball recruit who thought he wanted to one day be a colle...