INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back at the 70-67 victory over Princeton and looks at what we learned about the Bulldogs.
Nothing can be taken for granted - The lead looked safe and Butler looked like it was going to coast to its second easy victory of the year. However Princeton had other ideas. The experienced Ivy League squad continued to slowly chip away at Butler's lead and never gave the Bulldogs a chance to relax.
Butler had stretched their lead to double digits and led by as many as 17 points in the 2nd half, but it all almost slipped away. The young Bulldogs need to learn how to close out games and not give their opponents a chance to gain confidence and come back. The free-throw shooting was solid at 76.2% in then 2nd half, but the fouls were troublesome and need to be eliminated.
Woods is ready for a breakout season - Despite the early foul trouble for Kameron Woods, the junior forward rebounded in the 2nd half to collect his fifth double-double of his career. He scored all 11 points in the 2nd half and helped propel Butler to its 2nd win of the season.
The 6-foot 9 forward is averaging 11 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Woods looks eager to be a force on the defensive end. Playing along side seniors Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm, Woods will be looked to for more of an impact on the defensive end and rebounding. His long wingspan will pay dividends against the taller, more athletic front court players in the Big East.
Butler needs to adjust to new defensive rules - New defensive rules have certainly made an impact on games throughout the country this year. Princeton and Butler both were called for a lot of fouls in the 2nd half (31 total), but it was the foul trouble for Butler that allowed the Tigers to claw their way back into the game.
Luckily, Princeton didn't capitalize on their chances at the line, shooting just 14/23 (60.9%). If they had, Butler would have been in trouble and potentially trailing. Cutting down on the fouls and limiting the other teams chances to come back or extend their lead will give the Bulldogs a better chance to win consistently.