Behind Butler’s cool in close games


Butler’s won its last two NCAA tournament games by three points. Four of its five tourney wins last year were by seven points or less.

So how does Brad Stevens get his guys to win those close games?

“He does a great job, and our coaching staff does a great job, of getting us ready to play each game, and not just the ones that may seem important to the outside,” Howard said. “And, second, I think he manages the game really well and understands the strategy within the game. When you put those two together, you’re going to have a pretty good coach. And as players, you feel like you got a great chance to win every time.”

That’s just one aspect of Ken Davis’ latest effort for us, a feature on the Bulldogs’ remarkable last 12 months, covering Stevens’ coaching style, his players’ cool and much more.

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