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Off to a 16-1 Start, Butler Coach Brad Stevens '99 Discusses "Focus" with Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 16, 2008

stevens1.jpgJanuary 16, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Brad Stevens, head men's basketball coach at Butler University, "played at DePauw University before working under both [previous Butler coaches Thad] Matta and [Todd] Lickliter," notes today's Cleveland Plain Dealer. "While familiarity with the program helps, Stevens said his 12th-ranked club has shown the ability to not dwell on its achievements, such as winning this season's Great Alaska Shootout." (at left: Stevens in action as a Tiger)

"I'm proud of these guys because they focus on what's next," the 31-year-old Stevens, a 1999 DePauw graduate, tells the newspaper. The article previews tomorrow night's Butler-Cleveland State game. "I don't know if all the headlines work in your favor with all the hype about every game. We're treating CSU as going against a very, very good team."

Brad Stevens 4.jpgStevens' Bulldogs are 16-1 on the season and winners of eight straight contests.

Access today's article, "Butler rolling under Stevens," at the Plain Dealer's Web site.

Within the last two weeks, Brad Stevens -- who was an economics major and Management Fellow at DePauw -- has also been featured in the New York Times and Indianapolis Star.