Kameron Woods will be used on perimeter for defense
Brandon Miller sent Kameron Woods out to defend Vanderbilt's Eric McClellan in the waining minutes of the game. It was a move similar to what Erik Spoelstra does with LeBron James. The strategy makes guards finish over length or forces them to pass the ball, and allows Woods to do something he does best - block shots.
The move was fairly successful. McClellan was able to finish a couple of times at the rim. It would have been more successful, however Woods was issued a foul on a nice block of McClellan late in the game.
The freshman are coming along
Butler's freshman are beginning to play really well and don't look nervous at all. Elijah Brown had gotten a lot of publicity during the pre-season, but the other freshman are playing well too.
Point guard Rene Castro played well when they entered the game. Castro saw minutes during the 1st half when junior guard Alex Barlow sat with two fouls. Castro hit a nice 3-pointer from the left wing and made a few nice passes.
Forward Andrew Chrabascz has been a revelation from what we expected in the pre-season. The 6-foot 8 forward plays with great energy and effort whenever he is on the floor battling for rebounds and using great footwork down low to finish. One post-move really stood out when Chrabascz used an up-and-under move with his back to the basket.
Center Nolan Berry continues to see limited minutes, but should continue to progress as the season moves along. Butler will need his ability to stretch the floor during Big East play, especially if senior Erik Fromm gets in any foul trouble.
Khyle Marshall is a different player this year
We had seen a hint of it during the opener against Lamar when Marshall scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs to victory, but we saw it again on Tuesday. He scored a career high 26 points and was extremely efficient down the stretch.
There had been times in the past when Marshall would defer to others, especially on the perimeter. However this year Marshall is much more aggressive on offense and is taking the scoring burden onto his shoulders. He looks comfortable with the ball in his hands and wants to be the go-to player in crunch time. If he can develop a jump shot, he will be even more effective on offense.