Postgame: Butler falls to Texas 61-48
A terrible offensive game ends in a Butler loss at the PK80 tournament in Portland, Ore. Butler shot less than 33% from the field and Texas managed a barely better 40%.
Both teams had a miserable first half offensively, with neither Butler nor Texas scoring for the first four minutes of the contest. Texas’s first bucket of the game came on a fast break. Texas’s transition points, coupled with a six-point run at the end of the game, put them over the edge in an otherwise ugly shooting night.
Butler’s Sean McDermott seemed to be the answer early on, knocking down three long balls to score Butler’s first nine points. He didn’t score in the second half, but finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Kamar Baldwin ended the game as Butler’s leading scorer, with 15 points, three steals (all in the first half), and six rebounds. Baldwin only shot 33% from the field in the game, but still seemed to be the only bright spot in the Butler lineup.
Kelan Martin struggled against Texas, forcing tough shots like contested threes and ill advised floaters to avoid the shot blocker extraordinaire Mo Bamba. Martin hoisted 10 three pointers up in the game and only made two. He finished with 12 points on 4-19 shooting.
Butler on the defensive end did a great job of keeping Bamba away from the action. The freshman phenom for the Longhorns finished with just six points, four of which came on offensive rebounds and immediate put back dunks.
Texas’s sophomore guard Andrew Jones was the Longhorns’ leading scorer, with 16 points coming on two long balls and a couple of breakaway lay-ins. Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski scored 12 on multiple defensive breakdowns by Butler, in what was otherwise a forgetful offensive performance for the big man. He also had seven rebounds.
Butler’s Offensive struggles were what cost them this game. Thie defense looked strong, holding a likely tournament-bound team to just 61 points, especially with a defense’s nightmare like Mo Bamba coming at you. Many times the Bulldogs still had the ball late in the shot clock and still hadn’t gotten anything set up. Butler finished the game with just seven assists. To put that in perspective, Texas’s freshman point guard Matt Coleman had nine assists by himself.
Butler will move on to the loser’s side of the PK80 bracket and play Portland State Friday, Nov. 24, at 3ET. Texas advances to play number one ranked Duke Friday at 5:30ET.
Player of the game:
Matt Coleman finished the game with seven points, nine assists, six rebounds, and three steals. He was their key to success tonight, getting the ball out into transition for a Texas team that could not get much going in their half court possessions. He will also be a key in their next game against Duke, not only for his offensive ability, but for his defense on elite guards like Tre Duval and Grayson Allen.
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