If Brad Stevens is trying to quell the talk that he looks young enough to be a college student, the 33-year-old Butler coach's choice of post-game celebrations on Saturday afternoon probably didn't help.
Still clad in his dark suit, blue tie and wingtip shoes after his team's victory over Kansas State in the West Regional finals, Stevens caught the attention of walk-on forward Emerson Kampen at mid-court and delivered a flying chest bump.
According to USA Today, the chest bump between Stevens and and Kampen is fast becoming a NCAA tournament tradition for Butler. Stevens saw Kampen chest bump Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward during lineup introductions, so he decided to join in after Butler's second-round victory over Murray State.
"Coach just came into the locker room after the game and started pointing at me," Kampen said. "So he jumped up and we did it. We did it again after the Syracuse game."
As the final seconds ticked off the clock on Saturday, Stevens walked to the end of his bench and told Kampen he better be prepared to jump extra high this time. Kampen later joked that Stevens jumps higher than Hayward does.
"Emerson said that? That's what I'm talkin' about," chuckled Stevens, a former all-conference guard at DePauw University. "I probably would have dunked that thing when Gordon laid it off the glass."
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