Butler Officially a Big East Member

Butler, Xavier, and Creighton join seven original Big East members in their new conference.

It has been quite the ride for Butler.

In just 4 years, behind the guidance of Head Coach Brad Stevens, Butler has risen from Horizon League mid-major to Big East power conference member.

Just four years ago the Bulldogs, led by Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, and Matt Howard, were dominating the Horizon League on its way to a perfect 18-0 conference record.

That season Butler made it to the Final Four, losing to Duke in the National Championship Game.

The rest is now history.

Butler reached back-to-back National Title Games the next season, which led to even more exposure.

After a rebuilding year in 2011, Butler was invited to join the Atlantic 10 Conference.

After a successful first season in the Atlantic 10, Butler seized another opportunity when the basketball-only schools in the Big East broke away and were set to form their own conference.

Butler was there to accept the invitation.

The Big East is now comprised of Butler, Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, DePaul, Providence, Saint John's, Seton Hall, Xavier, and Creighton.

One of the biggest reasons Butler has been able to make the transition so easily is Brad Stevens.

Stevens, 36, is one of the best coaches in college basketball. He uses complex analytics and high basketball IQ to put his players into the best position to succeed. His savvy and leadership has allowed Butler to evolve into a true basketball power.

Bulldog fans were dreaming of their new conference affiliation while in the Horizon League and wondered if it would ever happen.

It has.

Butler has arrived in the Big East.


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