Butler takes on Georgetown for round two of what turned into an overtime victory for the Dawgs last time at Georgetown. Butler is looking for a conference win that could propel them into first place in the Big East, if it is accompanied by a Villanova loss. The game is Saturday at 8 PM at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Since their last matchup with Butler, the Hoyas took a rough loss at the hands of Providence for the second time this year, and more recently picked up an impressive win over Creighton- granted this win was against a crippled Creighton squad who recently lost their star Maurice Watson Jr.
Butler has looked sharp since their win at Georgetown, with only one loss (to Creighton with Watson Jr.) and an impressive win against Xavier. The Bulldogs are still undefeated at home, so look for this game to be a continuation of their home winning streak.
In their first meeting, the Hoyas took Butler to overtime. This go around the Dawgs will look to correct the mistakes that they made, and win in regulation.
When they met last, Butler did a fantastic job of defending star guard, and Georgetown’s leading scorer, Rodney Pryor. He did not score a point the entire game. However the Hoya’s other two starting guards L.J. Peak and Jagan Mosely combined for 41 points. Butler will have to do better on the defensive end in this game.
Kamar Baldwin lead Butler in scoring in the previous matchup with Georgetown. Kelan Martin and Andrew Chrabascz combined for 24 points but shot only 30% from the field in the game. The Dawgs will definitely be looking for better shot selection and hopefully the shots will be falling a little more freely than they were earlier this month.
And as always, Butler will have a little bit of Hinkle magic on their side. It is the Bulldogs’ first home game since their 18 point comeback to beat Marquette in front of the home crowd. Look for the Dawgs to feed off of the energy in the historic fieldhouse for a big conference win.
Players to Watch:
Kamar Baldwin has emerged as Butler’s young star and has been dazzling on both ends of the floor in 2017. In the freshman’s last four games he is averaging over 17 points and five rebounds- all while being tasked with guarding some of the best guards in the conference.
Avery Woodson will need to step up defensively for the Bulldogs if they want to contain L.J. Peak and Jagan Mosely. Woodson is also a weapon offensively, primarily from deep. Look for the veteran shooter to be a key to Butler’s win.
In their loss against Butler, Rodney Pryor did almost nothing for the Hoyas, going 0/8 from the field in the game. Pryor is going to have to get involved offensively if Georgetown is going to come away with a road win.
L.J. Peak is the Hoya’s second leading scorer, averaging almost 16 per game. He is one of their best free throw shooters and leads the team in assists. Peak will have to score and play solid defense against Butler’s guards.
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