March Madness gambling anticipation is high and intrigue great for the Butler Bulldogs as they are once again a major surprise team with the March Madness odds.
Butler is in the Final Four for the second consecutive season after losing the title game to Duke as the Bulldogs missed a shot at the buzzer. Butler is led by a remarkable 34 year old coach, Brad Stevens, who is the hottest coaching commodity in the country.
Stevens took over the Butler job for the 2007-08 season and faced a lot of skepticism regarding his youth and inexperience.
But Stevens has quickly put those doubters to shame as he has led the Bulldogs to the Horizon League regular season championship in his first three years on the job and won the Horizon League Conference Tournament in 2008, 2010, and this year at Wisconsin Milwaukee against the regular season champions.
Stevens has emerged as one of the top topics amongst March Madness betting fans as there are many prominent jobs that are available such as Missouri, Oklahoma, and North Carolina State and he is rumored to be a top candidate as Butler is not at all considered to be a destination gig.
Stevens, however, may prove everyone wrong again and stay at Butler as he is a native of Indianapolis and grew up watching the Indiana Hoosiers with his father during their great bet on March Madness runs under legendary hall of fame coach Bob Knight.
Stevens went to DePauw University where he played point guard and graduated with honors. He then went on to work at Eli Lily and Company in the marketing department. Stevens was given an offer to work as a volunteer in the Butler basketball program and he left his job to work for free with the Bulldogs and took over as head coach a year later.
Stevens was courted hard by Oregon last year after the Final Four but he chose to stay home at Butler and has led them on a phenomenal March Madness gambling run that was even more unexpected than last year’s Cinderella story. No matter where Stevens is next year winning is sure to be a part of the story.