Merely four days after Duke edged Butler in one of the more compelling national championship games in recent memory, the possibility of a rematch is already being discussed.
Butler coach Brad Stevens addressed the idea during his news conference on Friday in the wake of signing a 12-year contract extension the previous day.
"We have been approached about that but it all depends on the times and the dates," Stevens said. "I think very few people want to play Duke, but if you have to play Duke in the national championship, you'll take it. Our hope is that this translates into more opportunities on neutral courts and getting home-and-homes, like Gonzaga."
That Duke would approach Butler for a rematch is the first sign that the perception of the Bulldogs program has been forever altered by their its title game appearance. Gonzaga has typically been the nation's only small-conference program with the juice to get elite opponents to consistently agree to neutral-court matchups or true road games, but the Bulldogs lured Xavier and Ohio State to Hinkle Fieldhouse last season and hope to build on that in the future.
The schedule probably can't get too much tougher than what Butler faced a year ago. The Bulldogs beat UCLA, Ohio State and Xavier and lost to Clemson, Georgetown and Minnesota prior to beginning Horizon League play.