Butler Can Win With Defense
While the offense wasn't click on all cylinders against the Purple Aces, the defense really clamped down. The Bulldogs held Evansville to just 37.9% shooting from the field and only 59 points.
While leading scorer D.J. Balentine had 26 points, no other Evansville player had double digits.
Butler's defensive effort was led by junior Alex Barlow. Barlow did a good job containing Evansville guards for most of the game. He finished with 4 steals and 8 rebounds.Not only did Barlow spark the defensive effort, but he also led the team in scoring with 16 points, a career-high.
Butler is Great at Rebounding - Butler has rebounded the ball exceptionally well this season. The Bulldogs finished the game against Evansville with 49 rebounds compared to just 31 for the Purple Aces. Those numbers are bolstered by Kameron Woods, who now leads the Big East in rebounding at 9.5 per contest.
While total rebounds is a nice statistic, reboudning percentage tells the real story and that is where Butler's numbers jump off the charts. The Bulldogs now lead the Big East in rebounding percentage at 74.5%.
If Butler can control the glass as well as they have done in the non-conference schedule, Butler will have a chance to win every game in the Big East.
Chrabascz Most Trusted Big Man Off the Bench
Since the season started forward Andrew Chrabascz has received significant playing time for the Bulldogs. Brandon Miller has always showed confidence in the freshman and it looks like that will only continue during Big East play.
The freshman scored 7 points against Evansville in 14 minutes of action and grabbed 4 rebounds and is now averaging 2.5 points and 3 rebounds on the season. He has seen double digit minutes in 10 of the 11 games for Butler.
Butler needs Chrabascz and Nolan Berry to continue to progress in practice because in the rugged Big East, the Bulldogs may experience more foul trouble or wear-and-tear and will need the freshman to be ready.