Underdawgs: How Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs Marched Their Way to the Brink of College Basketball's National Championship

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Butler University in Indianapolis became the smallest school in 40 years to reach the NCAA championship game. Prior to the tournament, a statistician calculated the Bulldogs as a 200-to-1 shot to win. But as fascinating as what Butler accomplished was how they did it. Underdawgs tells the incredible and uplifting story.

Butler’s coach, 33-year-old Brad Stevens, looked so young he was often mistaken for one of the players, but he had quickly become one of the best coaches in the ...

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Butler University in Indianapolis became the smallest school in 40 years to reach the NCAA championship game. Prior to the tournament, a statistician calculated the Bulldogs as a 200-to-1 shot to win. But as fascinating as what Butler accomplished was how they did it. Underdawgs tells the incredible and uplifting story.

Butler’s coach, 33-year-old Brad Stevens, looked so young he was often mistaken for one of the players, but he had quickly become one of the best coaches in the nation by employing the “Butler Way.” This philosophy of basketball and life, adopted by former coach Barry Collier, is based on five principles: humility, passion, unity, servanthood, and thankfulness. Even the most casual observer could see this in every player, on the court and off, from NBA first-round draft pick Gordon Hayward to the last guy on the bench.

Butler was coming off a great 2009–10 regular season, but its longtime existence on the periphery of major college basketball fostered doubt as March Madness set in. But after two historic upsets, one of top-seeded Syracuse and another of second-seeded Kansas State, and making it to the Final Four, the Bulldogs came within the diameter of a shoelace of beating the perennial leaders of college basketball: the Duke Blue Devils. Much more than a sports story, Underdawgs is the consummate David versus Goliath tale. Despite Duke’s winning the championship, the Bulldogs proved they belonged in the game and, in the process, won the respect of people who were not even sports fans.

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In a state that boasts sports powerhouses like Indiana, Purdue, and Notre Dame, it's no surprise that the pugnacious Butler Bulldogs can get no respect. That all changed this year when the beloved Dawgs of Indianapolis fought their way to the finals of the NCAA championship tournament. To say that they came close to winning against Duke is to understate: Gordon Hayward's desperation shot came within inches of a winning basket. This exciting recap takes you down Butler's heroic path to near-victory. Underdogs no more.

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"If you want to learn how basketball is played in its purest form—the team game—learn all you can about Butler hoops. They represent what college basketball is all about!"
—Dick Vitale
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451610574
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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    A great book...

    I thought this was a great book. I liked how they went through the history of the school and what making it to the final four ment to the students. They made it to the tournament only a couple of times before and they had never won a game in the tournument before the unforgetable season in 2010.

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