Recon: Butler University (Horseshoe University)

Recon: Butler University (Horseshoe University)

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I’ll admit it, I was a part of the 1% of the population rooting against Butler in their NCAA Tournament final appearances against both Duke and Connecticut. This was an odd change of direction for me, as I have hated Duke for as long as I can remember and think Jim Calhoun is only slightly less objectionable than an arsonist.

The reason is simple: there seems to be an outside force guiding this program. The back-to-back Final Four runs convinced me that a higher, possibly evil, power is pulling the Bulldogs’ strings. Butler’s 2010 journey raised my suspicions, their 2011 joy ride solidified my initial concerns.

Let’s take a quick look back at the spectacular set of circumstances that placed the Bulldogs into an inexplicable (until now) place among the nation’s top programs over the past few seasons.

2010 Tournament

Entering the tournament as a five seed, Butler easily rolls over UTEP in the opening round. Then — things start to get sketchy.

The Bulldogs survive a close game against Murray State, winning 54-52 in a game that saw the Racers uncharacteristically breakdown offensively with the chance to win the ballgame. Note how the game ended:

Butler’s Gordon Hayward instinctively left his man for a double-team, deflected a freshman’s desperate pass and slammed Murray State’s storybook shut.

Instinctively? Or under the machinations of the devil himself? Butler advances to the regional semifinal, going up against the top-seeded Orange of Syracuse. The Bulldogs persevered, 63-59 advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. But something odd happened even before the game started:

When Syracuse took its place along the free-throw line for the national anthem, half the Orange players were facing toward the flag in a corner of the arena. The other half — along with Coach Jim Boeheim — were facing the opposite direction.

Very interesting…

The Bulldogs then take down Kansas State in the regional final, 63-56. No evil powers were necessary, Frank Martin is just a horrible coach.

Butler advances to the Final Four, which just happens to be held five miles from campus, to face Michigan State. Please note how Butler celebrated its’ 52-50 victory over the Spartans:

After the game, Butler players ran to the center circle and jumped up and down while students chanted, “We’re going to the ’ship.” As the Butler sophomore forward Gordon Hayward left the court with a bloody lip to go with 19 points and 9 rebounds, he waved to adoring, roaring Butler fans.

Chanting? Blood? Sounds like an occult ceremony to me. I am shocked at how brazen the Bulldogs were during their celebration, almost like they wanted America to know what villanous power was fueling their success.

Of course, the Bulldogs were then upended by Duke, who are coached by Satan’s spawn, Mike Krzyzewski. There’s no way the Devil is going to choose his favored son over his second-born. However, to his credit, he did make the game close as possible — with Gordon Hayward almost connecting on a half-court heave to win the ballgame.

2011 Tournament

Butler’s 2011 run began with a close call over fellow mid-major stalwart, Old Dominion. The game ended with a long rebound that seemed to be placed into Matt Howard’s hands by an apparition of some sort.

Sometimes, a game-winning play is craftily designed and enacted with precision by each of the five players on the floor.

And sometimes, the decisive basket is the result of an enormous amount of luck.

An enormous amount of luck? Really, Dana O’Neil — are you in on it too? Why don’t you tear the cover off of this conspiracy instead of chalking Butler’s victory up to chance? The lack of backbone the media has displayed throughout this whole “Butler” ordeal has been nauseating.

Asked to describe his emotions when the ball dropped through the rim, Hassell said, “Shocked, really. I was praying to God that the red light came on before the ball left his hands. Then when I saw the replay, shock turned to hurt.”

Praying to God did Frank Hassell no good, especially considering the sinister forces that were at play during this game.

Check the devilish ending out for yourself:

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Brad Stevens’ team advanced to the second round, where they took on Pittsburgh, a game which ended with the blatant interference of the Antichrist.

Each team had a chance to win it from the foul line in the last 2 seconds. After Butler’s Shelvin Mack inexplicably fouled Gilbert Brown near midcourt with 1.4 seconds left, Brown made the first try to tie it.

He missed the second, and Howard was fouled by Nasir Robinson while grabbing the rebound – a foul even more unnecessary than the one that preceded it.

Inexplicable? Sure, to the unknowing eye maybe. No ref would ever call Robinson for the foul on Howard, yet the whistle was blown anyway. You try explaining that. Did Lucifer inhabit that particular ref’s soul? I think we all know the answer.

It’s all right here:

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The Bulldogs Sweet 16 opponent was Wisconsin. Beelzebub’s powers were working overtime, as the Badgers hit an unexplainable cold streak:

When forward Mike Bruusewitz completed a post move in the lane and was fouled with a little more than 14 minutes remaining in the game, Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan threw his hands up in mock celebration of finally ending the drought.

“You would, too,” cracked Ryan, who said he had no issue with his team’s shot selection. “I mean, you’ve got Jon Leuer 1 for 12? He’s a good player, very good player. … Maybe he needed to be guarded a little closer.” But the Badgers went on to miss five more shots after Ryan’s sideline antics, and by the time the parade of bricks was complete, Butler had its biggest lead of the night, 47-27.

Bo Ryan knew something was amiss that night, all he could do was mock the proceedings accordingly. Coach Ryan knows the ruler of darkness could end his career, nay life, with just a thought. All he could do was shrug and accept the path the Father or Lies had laid out for him.

In the Elite Eight, Butler took on an old foe, the Florida Gators. It ended, as to be expected, in dramatic fashion:

It is hard to quantify what is more improbable: Butler again ambushing the Final Four or the Bulldogs clawing their way back into a game Florida dominated so thoroughly for the first 30 minutes that Coach Brad Stevens said Florida’s Billy Donovan “outcoached me to death.”

With Butler trailing by 9 with 9 minutes 2 seconds to play in the game, Stevens inserted Chrishawn Hopkins and later told his team during a timeout, “Stop, score, stop, and they’ll get really tight.” Hopkins assisted on a Howard layup, then swished a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 4, and the Gators came apart.

Truthfully, I can’t even explain it,” Hopkins said.

That’s alright, Mr. Hopkins, I believe I am uncovering the whole charade as we speak. Stevens admits he was outcoached by Donovan that night, as if it even mattered.

Larry Shyatt, a Florida assistant at the time, seemed to be suspicious — yet pulled up right at the edge of outright accusal:

“Coaches never like to talk about good fortune,” Shyatt said. “We don’t like to use those words because they’re soft words. But to be perfectly blunt, I’m going to say seven basketballs tonight hit the front rim, backboard and dropped in. Sometimes, we don’t like to talk about that, but it’s part of life, too.”

Was Shyatt rewarded for his silence? One just needs to look at the season Wyoming is having, where Shyatt currently coaches, to know the answer to that one.

Now returning to the Final Four, VCU was Butler’s next victim. The total points scored were 132 (Butler 70, VCU 62). 132 divided by 2, the average score of the contest,  was…66. Don’t be scared, this is almost over.

Then, the Devil wanted Brad Stevens and his Butler squad to know the immense nature of his power. He let the Bulldogs play without his help, simply to teach them a lesson. The result? One of the worst games in NCAA tournament history. The Huskies won, 53-41, as Butler could only muster 18% shooting from the field that night. Lesson learned, Mr. Stevens? Lesson learned, America?

Numerology

From the world of the Occult comes this tidbit of information:

Once you understand how occultists think and calculate, you will be able to see occultism in world events. This effort to determine the correct time for an action is carried out to precise days and times. A good example is the suicide of Adolf Hitler. Hitler chose the date, April 30, 1945, because it was the first day of the Pagan Spring Holy Days. He chose 3:30p.m. because, according to occult doctrine, this combination of three’s presented to him the most favorable time to depart this life and reenter the reincarnation cycle. Note the triple 3’s present here, April 30 as the first three, 3 o’clock in the afternoon as the second three, and 30 minutes past the hour is the final three. Hitler was engaging in typical occult behavior by arranging the timing of his death in a very precise, numeric manner. Hitler wanted to exit this life in such a proper time that he could come back quickly, as the real Anti-Christ.

Brad Stevens’ age when he first advanced to the National Championship game? 33! The number of wins the Bulldogs had that same season? 33!

It gets worse:

Eleven (11) is a sacred number. When eleven is multiplied by the perfect number 3, the number 33 is produced, a number of tremendous occult importance. In 1933, Adolf Hitler and President Franklin Roosevelt came to power. Both these men were committed to the establishment of the New World Order, and their actions impacted humanity greatly. It was also in 1933 that the First Humanist Manifesto was issued. Do you see how Satan manipulated world history to produce three New World Order events in 1933? Thus, a powerful 333 served as a framework for world events in that year.

How many letters are in “B-R-A-D-S-T-E-V-E-N-S” ? 11…

Taken by themselves, these events and facts may add up to nothing. However, when you take a step back, and consider these occurrences together, the truth becomes clear and haunting. The real question is, will you choose to accept the truth, or continue to ignore reality and placate the masses?

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Overview

Brad Stevens can do no wrong, anything he touches seems to turn to gold. The boy wonder was hired at 30 years of age and won 30 games in his first season at the helm for BU. After advancing to the championship game against Duke in 2010, the school rewarded him with an extension through 2022. And here’s the thing — I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Stevens has his name attached to every big-conference opening and it seems like he never gives leaving Butler a second thought. With the Bulldogs likely headed to a new league with the Catholic 7, Stevens may have everything he needs to stay in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future: increased budget, participation in a higher-profile league, access to an expanded recruiting base and an increased base salary. Is it possible Stevens could become a rarity in college basketball coaching circles, a lifer? Five years ago I would have spit in your face for just suggesting it. Now I’m not so sure. (And yes, I know he is constantly linked to Duke once Coach K absconds from the throne)

After taking a step back last season, (Butler finished just 22-15 after back-to-back championship game appearances, ending up in something called the CBI) the Bulldogs seem poised to make another run at the postseason. Brad Stevens’ club returns four starters from last year’s squad and has run out to a 13-2 record coming into tomorrow’s game with your Flyers.

Butler has already put up some solid wins – Marquette, North Carolina, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Indiana. The Overlords and Illinois account for the Bulldogs’ only losses. The Bulldogs won their conference opener at Saint Joseph’s, 72-66, behind Rotnei Clarke’s 28 points. It was assumed that Butler would finish somewhere in the middle of the conference pack, and now it appears that they just might challenge for the league’s crown.

The Bulldogs play at one of the slowest paces in the nation, averaging just over 65 possessions per game, but make the most of their opportunities. Butler shoots a solid 46% from the floor and 1.07 points per possession; they take care of the ball, averaging just 12 turnovers a contest, and are a solid offensive rebounding team.

Meet and Greet

Butler is led by former Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke, an immediate solution to one of the Bulldogs more prevalent issues last season – perimeter shooting. Butler shot just 28.1% from behind the arc last season, one of the worst efforts in the nation. How could a guy with the blackest name ever have the whitest game ever? Clarke is currently scoring 17 points a game, shooting 44% from behind the three-point line (41% overall). Alex Barlow joins Clarke in the starting backcourt. Barlow isn’t a threat offensively, merely there to handle the ball and hustle his face off. We will be reminded that Barlow is a walk-on at least three times on Saturday. (Butler took a boot to the face when junior guard Chishawn, you heard me, Hopkins was kicked off the team for “undisclosed reasons.” I assume he was taking photos of his teammates in the shower. )

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Andrew Smith, Butler’s 6’11” center, is going to be a matchup problem for the Flyers. Smith, coming off a 24 point effort against Saint Joe’s on Wednesday, is the Bulldogs lone post threat. Smith is averaging 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds on the season. Despite his size, Smith is soft as Charmin – the perfect matchup for Josh Benson.

Roosevelt Jones and Khyle Marshall are Stevens’ starting forwards. Jones (9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) is a fierce rebounder for his size and limited offensively. The 6’4” sophomore is an intense defender, a “glue-guy.” Marshall is a 6’6” junior with an evolving offensive game, Butler’s third-leading scorer at 10.9 a game. Marshall is the team’s best athlete and paces the squad with 6 boards per contest.

dunham2Kellen Dunham is the Bulldog’s most-heralded recruit. The 6’6” shooting guard is already drawing comparisons to Gordon Hayward, primarily because they are both white guys from Indiana who look like Cracker Barrel waiters. Dunham is living up to expectations, playing around 30 minutes a game, scoring 10 and hitting 40% of his field-goal attempts.

Erick Fromm (4.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Kameron Woods (3.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Chase Stigall (1.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg) are Butler’s most active substitutes. Fromm and Woods offer some backup in the frontcourt, the 6’8” pair are versatile defenders and solid rebounders. Stigall seems to get worse each season, Bulldog fans are tired of him.

Numbers Game

“In this world one must have a name; it prevents confusion, even when it does not establish identity. Some, though, are known by numbers, which also seem inadequate distinctions.”

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Prediction: The Bulldogs will be playing in a sea of red — the color of the Dark Angel himself. They will not be afraid.

Coming home after the VCU loss is obviously essential for the Flyers. An 0-2 start, with a mid-week road game at a very improved La Salle team, would put UD behind the eight ball. But this is Butler, and bizarre things happen when you play the Bulldogs. It will be a close one throughout, I expect UD to come out with a lot of energy, but Butler comes away with the victory — probably on a last-second shot or in some other heart-breaking fashion. An 0-3 start is not out of the question.

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Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.

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