Indianapolis (IN) - InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back at the non-conference opener against Lamar to see what we learned about the Bulldogs.
Butler can lean on front court - Butler guards Elijah Brown and Kellen Dunham struggled in the 1st half and finished the game with just 18 points. After leading the Bulldogs in scoring during the two exhibition games, Butler thought they would have to count on the two underclassman guards to spark the offense. Butler scored just 18 points from the outside, connecting on 4 3-pointers and 3 jump shots outside the paint.
Offensive rebounding will be key - Butler has thrived on the offensive glass for the past few years, and they did again on Saturday night.
Khyle Marshall has made a living beating opponents to the loose ball in his career and he came up with 4 against Lamar. Kameron Woods, Andrew Chrabascz, Kellen Dunham, and Nolan Berry each added 2 offenisve rebounds.
The ability to offensive rebound hides a lot of mistakes on the offensive end. If Butler struggles from the outside, like they did against Lamar, it will be key for Butler to crash the glass and capitalize on their 2nd chances going forward.
Butler's bench may be deeper than many thought. - It has become apparent that head coach Brandon Miller isn't extremely predictable in his substitution patterns. While Elijah Brown was the first player off the bench, as in the two exhibition games, Miller looked to Andrew Chrabascz early in the game. This was a departure from the exhibition games when Nolan Berry saw more significant playing time.
The move was a sign that Miller is comfortable using a variety of options off the bench. Six players saw 8 minutes or more off the bench. The reserves scored a total of 34 points and shot 15/28 from the floor.