Butler travels to the Windy City to take on the DePaul Blue Demons in a conference matchup. The game is Saturday at 2 ET and will be televised on FS1.
DePaul has had an underwhelming season so far with very few moments of brightness. They beat Missouri State early in the season, only to lose against them in December. They came back against #1 Villanova to end up losing by just three in late December in their first conference game.
The Blue Demons are currently last in the Big East. Butler is currently third in the Big East, but a win on Saturday would make them tied with Creighton for second.
Eli Cain is the leading scorer for the Blue Demons, averaging over 16 points per game. The Sophomore guard also averages a handful of rebounds every game. He is also DePaul’s leading three point threat.
Tre’Darius McCallum is the team’s rebounder. He averages more than seven boards per game and nearly 10 points as well. Butler will have to contain him on the glass in this game.
Senior guard Billy Garrett Jr. is DePaul’s second leading scorer. He also leads the team in assists and shoots 92% from the freethrow line.
Butler should trounce DePaul this weekend. However, on the road the Dawgs have been shaky at times- losing to Indiana State earlier in the season, being taken to overtime against Georgetown, and losing to St. Johns on the road as well. Hopefully tomorrow Butler can just get the easy win like they should.
Players to watch-
Kelan Martin is still the Dawg’s leading scorer despite a streak of weaker offensive games and even a couple that he didn’t start. Look for the experienced scorer to take advantage of a weak conference team.
Tyler Wideman has been dominant on the defensive end all season, and is prone to have a couple of big games offensively here and there. Wideman will be instrumental in keeping DePaul’s Tre’Darius McCallum off of the boards in this game.
Tre’Darius McCallum was DePaul’s leading scorer (19 points) in their best game of the season (their close loss @ Villanova). Butler will have to contain this difference maker on the boards, as well as on the defensive end.
Billy Garrett Jr. will most likely be guarded by Butler’s Tyler Lewis for a lot of the game. This makes him prone to explode offensively. While the Dawgs will do their best to limit his production, Butler’s perimeter defense is not strong enough to stop both Cain and Garrett Jr.
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