Brown needs more playing time
When leading scorer Kellen Dunham is struggling like he did for 95% of the game on Saturday, Butler needs another threat from the perimeter. The best option is freshman guard Elijah Brown.Brown played 22 minutes off the bench and scored 13 points.
Brown has proven that he is Butler's 2nd best scoring option and when he is on the floor the offensive spacing is better. With Dunham and Brown creating space, Woods, Marshall, and other bigs have an opportunity to drive or grab offensive rebounds.
It works with Brown coming off the bench, but once he is on the floor he needs to play starter minutes approaching 25-30.
Miller only trusts Barlow at the point
Right now Brandon Miller only trustsAlex Barlow with a large amount of minutes at point guard at this point in the year. Jackson Aldridge and Rene Castro haven't proven to Miller that they can be consistent enough and, despite his limitations offensively, Barlow's defensive prowess gives something for Miller to rely on.
Case in point was his defense on Zavier Turner and Jesse Berry on Saturday. Barlow was able to force enough turnovers and pressure them enough to turn turnovers into points. Ball State's offense also bogged down without the playmaking ability of Turner on full display.
With his tremendous defensive play taking a tole on him, Barlow could use one of the backup point guards to step up and give him a breather.
Woods is going to have a career year
After two years of averaging just 17 minutes per game off the bench Kameron Woods is getting a chance to start and is having a career year.
The junior forward is averaging 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1.8 assists per game this season and has had two double-doubles in three games this season. The stats are even more impressive than an exact extrapolation of his limited minutes in his two previous seasons.
Woods has been extremely efficient on the offensive end. He has shot 16/27 (59.3%) from the field. He has been aggressive and has attempted the 2nd most free-throws, 19, for Butler this season.
Butler wouldn't be at 4-0 if it wasn't for the play of Woods. His offensive and defensive performance as been crucial into the unbeaten start. If his effort continues at this pace Woods will find himself on an All-Big East team at the end of the season.