The Butler Bulldogs (26-8) are officially on their way to Lexington, Kentucky as of late Tuesday afternoon. And if the 2012-13 Butler Bulldogs haven’t showed they are a team of unity yet, following the “Butler Way” throughout their first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, perhaps the notion that everybody has to carry their own bags onto the bus signifies that.
That includes Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens, shown above carrying the package of Aquafina water into loading area of the bus, perhaps making him the most qualified “water boy” in all of the NCAA.
The number-six seeded Bulldogs are currently en route for their second round match-up of the NCAA Tournament when they face number-eleven Bucknell (28-5) on Thursday afternoon.
“Bucknell is a hard team to prepare for,” said Stevens after the team’s last practice at Hinkle Fieldhouse before they took off. “As I said on a radio show earlier today, four of their five starters have combined for 5,600 points. It is a seasoned, accomplished group of kids.”
The Bison won the Patriot League this year, going 12-2 in conference and were the conference tournament champions with a 64-56 victory over Lafayette, and will be a difficult task for the Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon.
Which is why Stevens seems to take in simple moments like this throughout a team’s run, even if it involves throwing in your suitcase and stepping onto a bus.
“It is so special to be a part of the tournament,” said Stevens. “It is so hard, especially when you think about earning a sixth seed. The numbers next to your name now don’t mean anything, but to know what these guys did throughout the regular season is pretty special.”