Butler eager to begin new era with Brandon Miller taking over for Stevens

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Brandon Miller understands anything is possible at Butler.

In 2001, he played on the school's first team to win an NCAA tournament in nearly four decades. Two years later, his late floater beat Mississippi State in the tourney, helping the Bulldogs reach the regional semifinals for the first time in 41 years.

Over the next decade, he watched his alma mater play for two national championships and then watched coach Brad Stevens leave for the NBA amid conference realignment.

Miller replaced Stevens at Butler, which lost center Andrew Smith and shooting guard Rotnei Clarke from last year's team. Hinkle Fieldhouse is under construction and so are the Bulldogs.

Butler opens the season at home Nov. 9 against Lamar.