McDermott acknowledges he's reached out to Butler and Gonzaga but has not yet been able to get either on the schedule.
Gonzaga won last year's meeting with Butler 71-55, and Stevens did have some second thoughts about keeping the second straight meeting on the schedule.
"We scheduled this before we were in the Atlantic 10 and when I looked at the schedule in September, I thought, 'I'm an idiot,'" Stevens said. "I should have scaled it back."
He didn't, and college basketball fans might get to see one of the best games all season.
"We have unbelievable respect for Gonzaga and it has been that way for a long time," Stevens said. "But we're going to do what we do. We have half a season still ahead and we have to do what we do."
AP Sports Writer Eric Olson in Omaha, Neb., contributed to this report.
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