2. Butler University Bulldogs
A small private school in the Midwest without a major football program has slowly worked its way up the college basketball hierarchy with consistently strong records and NCAA tournament appearances to finally become a member of the Big East. What a feel-good story! The only problem is that it was Xavier’s first. Butler has always lived in Xavier's shadow. Hell, even former Butler coach Thad Matta thought so when he left Butler for Xavier after just one season. Now that the two teams are in the Big East together, this little brother syndrome has become more apparent. Butler has never received higher than a 4 seed and has never finished in the top 10 of the season’s final AP poll (Xavier has outdone both of these things).
If it weren’t for Brad Stevens engineering back-to-back Championship games they lucked into, we probably wouldn’t have even noticed how toxic Bulldog fans can be. Their base is significantly smaller than most on this list, but if you do see one at the sports bar during March Madness, don’t initiate conversation or you risk being inundated with references to how well-coached Butler is, how much harder Butler players hustle than other teams, and, of course, the dreaded mention of "The Butler Way," the hokey phrase referring to the philosophy that embodies Butler basketball. Judging from recent history, the true Butler Way is for the coach to have a couple of good seasons before bolting for a better job. Just ask former coach Chris Holtmann how classy Butler fans handle this. Soon after announcing taking a job at Ohio State, Holtmann received a $1 bill in the mail with the return address simply reading "The Butler Way."