Discussion in 'Butler Basketball' started by UDDawg, Mar 26, 2018.
Safe to say we won the last two games because of our two seniors.
I tend to disagree about the necessity of adjusting for opponent when it’s conference games only. There's 10 teams.
Maybe it’d help to adjust for pace over the 11 games but that’s not really my point.
Could Butler be better defensively? Definitely. It’s the reason they wont beat Villanova or Marquette this season or do anything in March. Can’t beat good teams with that defense.
Also, "counting stats" are fine when Butler has 22 fewer FT attempts than anyone else in the conference and are shooting the worst FT percentage. Butler isn't the slowest paced team in the conference either.
Butler has a couple guys who can't play defense but if you're dead last in the conference in FT attempts and FT percentage you probably have several guys who can't play offense.
I agree with you here, generally (at least once you're far enough into the conference season that everyone has played everyone, more or less). I misunderstood and thought the points per game stats you'd posted were for the season.
In any event, the fact remains that Butler's adjusted defense on the year is 95th, which is quite poor by Butler's standards.
I agree with your sentiment, but I think he's gone beyond where he's been before. More hustle, assertiveness, and and urgency.
Strange but true: our favorite CBS Sports bracketologist now has Butler in Dayton as well:
That's like the kiss of death right there...
I'm thinking this team is the quintessential bubble butt.
I think it's pretty straightforward. Given the landscape of College Basketball this season, Butler is likely in at 9-9, 18-13. Whether a loss in the BET opener knocks them out from there, who can say at this point. Regardless, we couldn't be mad in that scenario because if they don't collapse against either Indiana OR Xavier, they'd be safely in.
Can we go back to talk about how Tom Crean at UGA just got a top 5 recruit and how IU fans are losing their minds? Their memory is so bad that they seem to forget that they landed Romeo last year.
Side note: I don’t get how their offense is so bad. They have so many players and pieces.
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I think we have to get to 20 wins and a NET of 45 or lower to feel comfortable. The Dayton & St. Louis losses are both worse in terms of rankings....but we also won't know how far IU will fall either. They have a tough remaining schedule.
Xavier loss could be worse than IU, Dayton or St. Louis losses.
Our worst loss is Georgetown (#78) at home - the only Q3 loss we have. We need them to win a few games & get back under 75 so that moves back into Q2 & our road win moves into Q1. Then St. Louis (#128) then Xavier (#108). Just depends on how bad those two really end up.
St. John's is a Q1 road game tomorrow. Pray we're ready to play. Haven't seen an update on Heron today.
Heron practiced today. He should be good to go for SJU.
That sucks. I saw on twitter too. We never really play well there.
FWIW we are 2-2 at carnesecca since we joined the big east. Usually we play pretty close (double ot a few years ago?)
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St. Mary’s didn’t lose. That characterization is unfair to “losses” everywhere.
They got DISMANTLED by 48 at Gonzaga in a game that honestly should have never been played.
Yea made our beat down to Florida look like just a loss. Although they didn't go down 3 touchdowns to nothing first but it was close.
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Not a huge Lunardi fan, but I would take this seeding and bracket:
Obviously winning the next two games is critical, but for bubble implications, we could really, really use Dayton to knock off VCU this weekend.
Definitely want to be on that 11/12 line rather than the 9/10 and have to match-up with a 1 or 2 in the second round.
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