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Game Plan: Keys for Butler-Davidson

Mid-major powers on brink of Tournament abyss

Originally Published: February 20, 2009
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
When the Butler-Davidson bracket buster game was first announced, both of these teams sat high atop of their conferences and looked possible high seeds in the upcoming NCAA tournament. In the past two weeks, much has changed.

Davidson lost to the College of Charleston at home on February 7th and to The Citadel two nights ago. In between, star guard Stephen Curry sprained his ankle, missing the second loss.

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Jim O'Connor/US PresswireWill Davidson have Stephen Curry on Saturday?
Two weeks ago, Butler was 19-1 and ranked 11th in the country. But after losing three Horizon League games since then, the Bulldogs will likely fall out of the Top 25. Coach Brad Stevens has a very young and talented team, starting three freshmen, but their inexperience has crept in recently.

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John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.