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14 Butler Bulldogs
Joe Lemire
November 23, 2009
If Gordon Hayward plays like a guard trapped in a forward's body, it's because he is. Hayward wasn't projected to be taller than 6'2", so his father, Gordon Sr., who coached him until high school, had his son develop his ballhandling skills and outside shooting on the court he painted on the family's driveway. Gordon Jr. notes that he spent much of his time shooting from behind the arc, or thereabouts, because the three-point line was "a little slanted." Then he shot up, sprouting from 5'10" as a freshman at Brownsburg (Ind.) High to 6'8" as a senior. "I grew," he says, "and my guard skills came with me."
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November 23, 2009

14 Butler Bulldogs

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Feb. 8 Loyola (Ill.)

Feb. 11 at Youngstown State

Feb. 13 at Cleveland State

Feb. 17 Illinois-Chicago

Feb. 26 Valparaiso

*76 Classic in Anaheim (championship game on Nov. 29)

†in New York City

KEY GAME

Butler's out-of-conference slate is key to its ensuring an at-large bid, should there be a repeat of last year's upset loss to Cleveland State in the Horizon tournament. Ohio State is the highest ranked of the Bulldogs' three top 25 foes, so a win at home would go at the top of Butler's NCAA résumé.

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