OMAHA (NE) - Butler (10-7, 0-5) lost their 5th game in a row and remained winless in the Big East after an 88-60 loss to Creighton (15-2, 5-0). InsideTheDawgPound looks at what we learned from the loss in Omaha.
Butler's defense needs improvement
Defensive prowess has been a Butler staple for years. The Bulldogs have always had a proud tradition of solid defensive play and made their deep runs in the NCAA tournament because of their ability to stop people defensively.
Over the past 5 games Butler has allowed their opponents to shoot 51% from the field and score 82.4 points per game in those games, which is a large departure from previous seasons.
If the Bulldogs don't turn it around defensively it is going to be a long inaugural season in the Big East. Butler has lost five in row for the first time since 2003-04 and started a conference season 0-5 for the first time since 1989-90.
While Kellen Dunham is having a great season, McDermott is the Big East Player of the Year
Kellen Dunham has made huge strides from his freshman season at Butler. The Bulldogs' sophomore is 4th in the conference in scoring at 18.4 points per game and ranks 13th in the conference in 3-point percentage shooting 39.3%, both of which are increases from last season.
Dunham is a dynamic scorer, but Doug McDermott is clearly the best player in the Big East and showed off why against Butler. He is extremely efficient and can score both inside and out.
McDermott scored a game-high 28 points, including 24 points in the 1st half and finished 11/19 from the field.
The 6-foot 7 senior forward is averaging 25.2 points per game, which leads the Big East and connecting on 43.4% from three and 49.5% from the field overall.
While McDermott is clearly the POY this season, Dunham is taking steps to securing the pole position for that award next season.
Kameron Woods will continue to climb up rebounding record book
Kameron Woods continues to impress on the glass. He finished with 10 rebounds, which was his 10th game with double figures rebounding this season and his 16th of his career.
The junior forward has already collected 514 rebounds during his 2 and a half year career. If Woods continues to rebound at this pace, he will finish with 569 rebounds in 3 years, which would rank him 17th on the all-time Butler list.
If Woods has a solid senior season, the Kentucky-native may finish in the top 10 all-time in rebounding at Butler.