Once again, the Creighton Bluejays bully the Bulldogs. This was Butler’s second straight home loss (the first time that they have been handed consecutive L’s at Hinkle since 2014). Creighton’s shooting was the difference maker.
The Bluejays finished with 13 made threes, and shot 62% from deep in the contest. Creighton’s starting lineup was 12/18 shooting behind the arc, and scored 62 of the team’s 76 points. Even big man Justin Patton got in on the long ball action early on in the contest, knocking down a transition three in the first half.
Patton was busy on the offensive end in other ways as well, scoring 15 points in total, including a couple of alley oops off of masterfully executed pick and roll actions from the Bluejays. Patton also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas also scored 15 a piece, and knocked down a combined six three pointers.
Tyler Clement also played a big role for the Bluejays off of the bench, filling the point guard slot and dishing out six assists in just 25 minutes played.
For the Bulldogs, Kamar Baldwin was once again the star, scoring a team high 14 points on 43% shooting. Kelan Martin scored 11 and grabbed a game high eight rebounds as well. No other Dawgs would reach double digits.
Butler shot only 41% from the field and a miserable 26% from three point land in the contest. They simply could not keep up with the hot hands of the Creighton offense.
In the past, Butler has opted for an extended 2-3 zone to mix it up against good three point shooting teams (for example, Marquette). Against Creighton, they ran a defense that involved Andrew Chrabascz leaving his man to double team Justin Patton- which left shooters open at the perimeter.
Eventually, they switched back to a straight up man to man with long defensive players Sean McDermott and Henry Baddley playing extended minutes at the end of the second half. Baddley had a thunderous putback dunk in the final minutes of the contest which gave the Hinkle crowd some hope, but the Dawgs ended up folding once again to Creighton.
Butler is back in action on Wednesday, February, 7th at Marquette. They will look to get back on track in that game, a rematch of a game that featured one of their best offensive halves of basketball (ever). Go Dawgs.