Butler's Stevens a Masterful Metronome

Butler's Stevens a Masterful Metronome

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college basketball, where the Nevin Shapiro Ripple Effect is now being felt in Columbia, Mo.:

VIDEO EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, BRAD STEVENS IS NOT AN ALIEN

In what was only the second-strangest story of last week, thanks to Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend, Butler coach Brad Stevens (1) was suspected of being a Vulcan or some other non-emotional life form after his team's victory over Gonzaga on Saturday night.

With his team trailing by a point in the final seconds in a Hinkle Fieldhouse cauldron of tension, Stevens watched Roosevelt Jones steal a wayward Gonzaga lob pass, drive into the frontcourt and launch a shot at the buzzer that improbably swished for a dramatic victory. Stevens observed this thrilling, stunning turn of events with his arms folded across his chest, looking more like a man watching the grass grow than his team snatching another last-second triumph.

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