What We Learned: #11 Villanova vs Butler

Butler (10-3) fell short in its Big East opener against Villanova (12-1) 76-73. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what we learned.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (10-3) fell short in its Big East opener against Villanova (12-1) 76-73. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what we learned.

Despite Recent Struggles, Brown is Still Explosive

Elijah Brown had struggled since missing the LSU game due to a violation of team rules. Since then the talented freshman was averaging 4.4 points per game. His struggles culminated in a scoreless game against NJIT.

With Dunham and Marshall saddled with foul trouble, Butler was in dire straights and needed to find a scorer. Enter Elijah Brown.

Brown had been impressive during the exhibition schedule and expectations were high. While he had been impressive in a a couple games early in the year, Brown did explode onto the scene until Tuesday night.

Brown scored a career-high 19 points on 4/10 shooting (4/7 3PT) and 7/8 from the free throw line. He also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in 26 minutes.

The next step for Brown is to become a consistent scorer for Butler. If he can provide a constant spark off the bench, the burden for Dunham and Marshall will be lessened.

Chrabascz Belongs

There was some talk amongst Butler fans earlier this spring that Andrew Chrabascz wasn't going to fit in with Butler moving to the Big East. After over a third of the season is in the books, it is apparent that he truly does.

The 6-foot 7 forward has shown a great motor and is the first big man off the bench for Brandon Miller.

Chrabascz came in for Khyle Marshall after he picked up his second foul early in the first half and instantly made an impact. He finished with 7 points (3/3 FG), 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The freshman forward is averaging 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 13.2 minutes of action.

Butler needs to win a close game against a ranked opponent

In order for Butler to be in the upper-half of the Big East, the Bulldogs will eventually have to win some of these close games against ranked opponents.

Butler has now lost 3 games this season by a combined 7 points. Two of the three losses came against ranked opponents in #5 Oklahoma State and #11 Villanova.

The Bulldogs need to build confidence and if they can pull out close victories they will have the belief that they can finish and it will allow for them to contend for top half finish in the Big East.


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