Pregame: #12 Butler Bulldogs vs #15 Xavier Musketeers

 

What’s better than a Big East rivalry game? A Big East rivalry game where both teams are ranked within the top 15 of all of College Basketball.

 

Butler looks to pick up their fourth conference win against Xavier on Saturday at 2 ET. The game will be televised on FS1.

 

Xavier and Butler have had similar season season thus far. Both have only three losses so far. Both have three conference wins.

 

Their differences come in their performances against ranked opponents. Xavier is 0-2 against ranked opponents with losses to then #9 ranked Baylor and last week against Villanova. Butler is 4-1 against ranked opponents and have played a much tougher schedule before the start of conference play.

 

The Musketeers are lead in scoring by Junior Guard Trevon Bluiett who averages around 17 points and 6 rebounds per game. He is also their main three-point threat.

 

Sophomore guard Edmond Sumner is their second highest scorer and runs the offense with nearly 5 assists per game. However, he struggles shooting from deep, which is definitely helpful considering the Bulldogs’ perimeter defense.

 

Senior big man RaShid Gaston is a 6’9” 240 pound rebounder, similar to Butler’s Tyler Wideman. He is not exactly a scorer, but finds his way into around seven points per game.

 

The experience against tough teams is what will set Butler ahead of the Musketeers in this game.

 

Players to watch-

 

Butler:

 

Avery Woodson was the Bulldogs’ highest scorer in the game at Creighton earlier this week. Look for the sharpshooter to give a scoring boost off the bench for Butler.

 

Andrew Chrabascz was held to just two points against Creighton. Look for the senior big man to assert himself offensively and make his mark on the scoresheet.

 

Xavier:

 

Trevon Bluiett is a scoring guard that leads his team in points per game. Butler consistently struggles against guard who can put the ball in the bucket, watch out for Bluiett to have himself a game.
J.P. Macura is a big guard who averages over 14 points per game. Kamar Baldwin can only guard one of these two outstanding scoring guards so somebody is going to be up against a weaker perimeter defender (i.e. Tyler Lewis, Avery Woodson, Kethan Savage) for most of the game.

 

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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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