LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – After new Male coach Willie Feldhaus saw his team play for the first time, he felt cautiously optimistic heading into his first year on the job.

“I thought we could be decent," said Feldhaus, who replaced Larry Miller as coach of the Bulldogs.  “I just didn’t expect things to happen this soon.”

Feldhaus, a Kentucky coaching veteran and brother of former Wildcat Deron Feldhaus underestimated the power of his new squad. The Bulldogs under his management are off to their best start since 2008. On Friday they beat Ballard for the first time in eight years.

 “We are making noise,” said senior Alex Cook. “That’s the most exciting thing about it. People are noticing that we are beating teams like that." 

Cook, a Bellarmine signee is the Bulldog’s primary weapon. He averages 18 a game but he’s not Male’s only threat.

“We are deep,” said Feldhaus.  “Deeper than any team I’ve ever coached.”

Entering this week, the Bulldogs had 12 wins, only three less than all of last season.

Here’s what’s really scary: Feldhaus says his team isn’t close to reaching their potential.

“I know we can win. It’s a learning process. If you believe in me, I’ll believe in you."

The Bulldogs open up LIT play on Wednesday as the tournament fourth seed.

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