Game Day Grades: Vanderbilt vs Butler

InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at how Butler played against Vanderbilt and hands out the Game Day Grades

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at how Butler played against Vanderbilt during their 85-77 win in overtime and hands out the Game Day Grades.

Offense: B

It was a very balanced performance for Butler both inside and out. The Bulldogs shot 46.9% (30/64) from the field including 7/19 (36.8%) from 3-point range.

Butler received a solid performance from players inside and out. Khyle Marshall (26 points) was dominant on the interior, especially during the 2nd half and overtime, while Kellen Dunham (16 points) drove the offense from the perimeter during the 1st half with his three 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs also received quality support off the bench with 24 points. Four players scored 4 points or more including 7 from Andrew Chrabascz and Jackson Aldridge.

In all 10 of the 11 Bulldogs that saw the floor scored. Butler scored over 80 points for the 2nd time this season and is now averaging 81.3 points per game.

The offense was downgraded because of the poor free-throw shooting. Butler shot 18/31 (58.1%) from the FT line and consistently missed the 2nd free throw. If they had made both, the game wouldn't have been as close and overtime wouldn't have been needed.

Defense: C+

With a lead down the stretch, Butler's defense couldn't get the stop it needed to preserve the lead. It was a fairly solid performance for much of the game, but down the stretch Vanderbilt seemed to get whatever they wanted. Vanderbilt shot 48.1% (26/54) from the field and consistently drove through the lane and finished at the rim.

Butler forced 19 turnovers, but allowed 10 offensive rebounds and was out-rebounded 38-36. The Commodores also scored the most points against Butler this season (77).

Vanderbilt's leading scorer Rod Odom was limited to just 9 points on 3/8 shooting (3/7 3PT) but was left open numerous times from 3-point range and capitalized on it. Eric McClellan scored a game high 29 points and Butler couldn't seem to get in position and fouled him a lot. He went to the line 16 times.

Butler did do a good job containing Vanderbilt's other perimeter players in Kyle Fuller (8 points) and Dai-Jon Parker (5 points) and only allowed 5 3-pointers.

Overall: B-

Overall it was a solid offensive performance for Butler. They were able to score well from the perimeter, as well as inside, and the success in each area allowed more success on offense.

Defensively the Bulldogs can continue to improve. Vanderbilt found a few wide open shots from the perimeter, scored driving to the basket, and also were sent to the line too many times. There is an adjustment period with the new rules, but if the team can't adjust it may finally cost Butler a victory soon.

The Bulldogs need to learn how to close out games better. Butler allowed Vanderbilt to claw back into the game down the stretch. It was the 2nd time in as many games that a team hung around and made it interesting at the end of the game. Improving their free throw shooting is a key in putting teams away.


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