INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (10-6, 0-4) fell short in overtime once again, this time to Georgetown (11-4, 3-1) 70-67, for their fourth overtime loss of the season. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back at what we learned.
Chrabascz makes winning plays, needs continued big minutes
Chrabascz has tallied a new career high in scoring in back-to-back games. He finished with 14 points on 4/5 from the field and grabbed 6 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive end. He also connected on 6/8 from the free throw line.
The freshman forward is now averaging 10 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game in Big East play.
The uptick in minutes has allowed Chrabascz to become more comfortable in his role for the Bulldogs.
While it isn't important about who starts, it is important who finishes. It said a lot about what Miller thinks of his freshman as he played him over senior Erik Fromm down the stretch. Coach Miller needs to continue to give him more minutes and may want to think about allow Chrabascz to start. He makes so many little, winning plays that aren't tallied in the box score.
Kellen Dunham needs to be able to rest.
In the past three , Kellen Dunham has been good or great during at least one half. The problem is that there are two halves in each game.
One reason for the diminished returns from Dunham may be his extensive amount of time on the court. Dunham is averaging 41.5 minutes per game in Big East play (4 games). He is so important to Butler's offense that Coach Miller is unable to give Dunham any rest.
Dunham played all 45 minutes for the Bulldogs against Georgetown. He finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists.
While the point total is impressive, Dunham again had one spectacular and one average half. He was 5/10 from the field in the 1st half including 6/6 from the free throw line and scored 17 points. In the 2nd, he finished 1/7 from the field including 2/2 from the charity stripe and finished with 4 points.
While Dunham is clearly Butler's most potent scorer, he needs to be able to take a break. Others need to step up and allow Dunham a few minutes to catch his breath, which may allow him to be more effective for the entire game.
Barlow is frustrated with the officiating
It has been shown on Alex Barlow's face throughout each game. He feels as though he is in good position but continues to be called for fouls.
The frustration for Barlow is evident, but what can be done to alleviate it?
Barlow is averaging 4 fouls per game in 4 Big East games and has now fouled out in 3 games this season.
If you go back and look at the fouls for Barlow throughout each game, there is arguably one or two each game that could be avoided. If Barlow can eliminate these fouls, he will be able to stay on the court and stabilize Butler's defense.