The Bulldogs took care of business Monday night with a convincing 91-55 win over Norfolk State. Nate Fowler led all scorers with a career high 17 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Avery Woodson hit 5 3s for 15 points while Martin and Chrabascz had 11 points each. Tyler Lewis dished out 8 assists in the win.
Butler Continues To Force Turnovers
Butler came into today's game 9th in the nation in forcing turnovers. Opponents turned the ball over on 26.1% of their possessions. That number will drop a little because the Bulldogs' bench got a lot of minutes and didn't force turnovers like the regulars did, but overall Butler still caused Norfolk State to have 15 turnovers on the night. After a down defensive year last season the Bulldogs appear to be back to playing Butler basketball on that end of the floor.
Ball Movement Stayed Crisp
For the second straight game Butler played outstanding, selfless basketball. The Bulldogs had an incredible 26 assists on 32 made baskets. It doesn't get much better than that. Tyler Lewis once again led the way with 8 assists to only 1 turnover in just 23 minutes of action. If Butler can continue to move the basketball the way they have the last 2 games they have a real chance to fly out of Vegas with a trophy.
Bulldogs Can Terrorize A Zone
The Bulldogs saw more zone tonight that they have most of the season, and it was not an issue. Obviously Norfolk State is no Syracuse, but Butler is well equipped to handle a zone. They have plenty of shooters, a PG with excellent vision and passing skills, a PF who thrives in the high post, and a mobile big who can find gaps and finish above the rim. Butler has a plethora of ways to beat a zone, so I don't expect they will see large doses of it this season.
Dawgs Must Clean Up Defensive Glass
If there was one area of concern from today's game it was defensive rebounding. Butler came in 13th in the country in defensive rebounding percentage. That will take a hit after tonight. Norfolk State got 28% of the rebounds on their side of the court, which isn't horrific, but it's not where Butler needs to be. Rebounding can be flukey from game to game, so let's just home this was an exception and Butler will get back to being stout on the defensive glass.