Inside Butler's Fantastic Resume

Butler moved into a first-place tie in the Big East last night thanks to a 61-54 win at Seton Hall.  At the conference season's halfway point, the Bulldogs are tied with defending champ Villanova at 7-2 - a perfect 4-0 at Hinkle and 3-2 in league road games.  

Their #11 ranking probably doesn't do their overall NCAA Tournament resume justice.  Here are some of the impressive numbers, using virtually every metric available:

  • 10-1 vs. the RPI Top 100 and 7-1 vs. RPI Top 50
  • #3 overall in RPI (trailing only Baylor and Villanova)
  • 14-1 vs. the KenPom Top 100
  • 8-1 vs. the Sagarin Top 50
  • 5-1 on road/neutral courts vs. KenPom Top 60
  • 4-1 vs. teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25
  • 4-0 vs. the BPI Top 25
  • 18-3 record against the #5 (BPI), #8 (Sagarin), and #9 (RPI) schedule

Yes, they have two bad losses at St. John's and Indiana State, but they have perhaps the best collection of wins of anyone in the entire country.

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