Miller isn't afraid to make a statement
Freshman Elijah Brown had been the most important player for Butler off the bench this season. The talented freshman is averaging 8.3 points per game this season, but was held out of the game on Sunday by head coach Brandon Miller.
The result was Butler being held scoreless from the bench. The lack of bench support was one of the biggest reasons why the Bulldogs came up a little short against LSU.
Miller wouldn't comment why Brown, fellow freshman Rene Castro, and sophomore Devontae Morgan were all held out but was quoted as saying the trio knew why they didn't see playing time against LSU, but would be back on the floor next Saturday.
When Butler changed coaches some may have thought that Butler's values and philosophies would have also been altered, but it appears as though Brandon Miller is sticking with the core beliefs. Players at Butler are held to a higher standard and if you do not meet those standards in any area, whether that is on or off the court, Miller will let you know where you slipped up and then give you a second chance once the point has been made.
Butler needs more options off the bench
With Brown, Castro, and Morgan not playing, Butler struggled to find scoring off of the bench. The Bulldogs need to find substitutes that can provide punch off the bench and give the starters from rest.
This season the only player that has consistently had an offensive impact has been Elijah Brown. Others have shown spots of scoring off the bench, but there needs to be more consistency.
Sunday's lack of scoring was concerning, even though Brown, Castro, and Morgan were all held out of the game.
Butler can play with anyone on any given day
Over the past few games against Oklahoma State, Washington State, and LSU, Butler has proven that they can play with just about any team in the country. While they didn't pull out a win against the Cowboys or the Tigers, Butler came up just short and gave each of those teams all they could handle.
That is something to look forward to over the season. Butler will be able to test, and beat, a number of teams in the Big East. The games against Marquette, Georgetown, Providence, St. John's, etc, will all be must see television and Butler fan should look forward to some great wins this season.