Pregame: #24 Butler Bulldogs vs DePaul Blue Demons

 

Butler takes on DePaul at Hinkle Fieldhouse in their second to last home game of the season. Butler is coming off of a big win against St. John’s and DePaul has lost their last nine (!) straight games. The game is on Sunday the 19th, in Indianapolis at 1:30.

 

In their last matchup, DePaul was showing up. Butler was losing for the majority of the game, but was able to tie it up and force an overtime, in which they barely outscored the Blue Demons. Butler won the game 70-69.

 

Butler Point guards Kethan Savage and Kamar Baldwin went off in the game, scoring 20 and 18 respectively and accounted for 10 rebounds and a handful of steals combined.

 

Kelan Martin started in the last game and scored 12 points on a terrible 23% shooting. While he hasn’t been in the regular starting lineup recently, Martin has been looking better, and is a possibility for a big scoring night.

 

Last time for DePaul, Star scoring guard Eli Cain was on fire, draining 6 threes in the game, shooting 61% from the field, and ending with 32 points. He also had six rebounds and four assists.

 

Billy Garrett Jr. also made an impact for the Blue Demons, scoring 16 points, but the Dawgs held him to just 21% from the field. Butler will be looking to limit his and Cain’s scoring in this conference rematch.

 

Butler seems to be back on track after struggling in a handful of conference losses, most recently at Providence in Rhode Island. Their win against St. John’s at home was an explosion of offense, with dunks and three point shots seemingly every other possession. Butler fans hope that they can carry this momentum into their last conference games.

 

Players to Watch-

 

Butler:

 

Kelan Martin looks to be back into the swing of things, and has settled into his new role of coming off of the bench (he now has five games of being the ‘6th man’ under his belt). He still is a great scorer, but the limited minutes have forced him to make every shot count. For example, in the Dawgs’ last game against St. John’s, Martin scored 19 points on 46% shooting. Look for him to continue to be a fantastic scorer and provide a much needed offensive burst off of the bench.

 

Kethan Savage has become a big part of Butler’s lineup, despite missing time at the beginning of the season due to injury and sickness. His size and ability to get the the rim have made him an offensive weapon, and he has started the last three games for the Bulldogs. Watch out for Savage in this game against DePaul.

 

DePaul:

 

Billy Garrett Jr. is one of the Blue Demons’ best offensive players, and much of their offense runs through him. However, last time, he shot the ball terribly and had to resort to scoring primarily at the freethrow line. Garrett Jr. will definitely be looking to make a stronger offensive impact in this rematch.

 

Chris Harrison-Docks is a senior transfer guard for DePaul. He is the 6th man for the Blue Demons, but was held to just three points last time Butler visited Chicago. In DePaul’s last two games (losses against #23 Creighton and #2 Villanova) Harrison Docks showed up big time scoring 33 points in both games combined. The veteran guard is a prolific shooter and will be looking to come up big for DePaul again, coming off of two hot performances.

 

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Jackson Borman
I am from St. Louis, Missouri, and Butler University's Class of 2020. I played Basketball at Lindbergh High School, but because of my 5'10" wingspan and even lower shooting percentage, I've decided to stick to writing.

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