What We Learned: DePaul vs Butler

Butler (10-5, 0-3) lost for the third time in the Big East this time to DePaul (9-8, 1-3) 99-94 in 2OT. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back at what we learned.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (10-5, 0-3) lost for the third time in the Big East this time to DePaul (9-8, 1-3) 99-94 in 2OT. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back at what we learned.

Butler continues to struggle at closing

The Bulldogs have had 10 games decided by 10 points or less. In those contests, Butler is 6-4.

Butler has struggled to close out games against Princeton, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Oklahoma State (chance to win from the free throw line), and DePaul.

While it is difficult to pinpoint an exact reason why Butler struggles to close teams out there are a few statistics to look at.

Butler has struggled from the free throw line shooting just 66.7% from the charity stripe on the season. The Bulldogs are just 64.3% from the free throw line in January.

Butler has struggled against pressure all season. In crunch time the Bulldogs are turning the ball over and making poor decisions. In November Butler was averaging 7.8 turnovers per game and in January Butler is averaging 13 per game. The Bulldogs are now averaging 11 turnovers per game on average.

Another reason could be the reliance on Dunham and Marshall as the only two reliable scorers. If one or either are not clicking on all cylinders, others aren't consistently stepping up to fill the void and the offense comes to a standstill.

Whatever the reason Butler does need to eventually win a big, close game in order to get momentum churning in the right direction.

Chrabascz deserves his playing time

Andrew Chrabascz has been Brandon Miller's first front-court player off the bench all season and that continued on Thursday.

Chrabascz scored a career-high 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a career high 29 minutes. He is now averaging 9.5 points and 5 rebounds in his last two games.

The freshman forward is now averaging 3.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 14.5 minutes. He continues to play with great hustle and effort.

One reason for the increased minutes is foul trouble for Woods and Marshall. If that continues, look for Chrabascz to continue to receive big minutes.

Butler will be tested nightly in the Big East

For those that thought this was still the Horizon League or Atlantic 10 we learned on Thursday night what it is like to play in a conference like the Big East.

Any team, at any time, can beat you.

Butler will be tested every night in the Big East. DePaul, picked to finish in the bottom three of the Big East, was supposed to be an easy win and rebound game for the Bulldogs, instead Butler finds itself at 0-3 in the Big East.


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