What We Learned: Butler at Providence

Butler (11-8, 1-6) lost another close game in the Big East, this time to Providence (13-5, 4-2) 65-56. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what we learned.

Providence (RI) - Butler (11-8, 1-6) lost another close game in the Big East, this time to Providence (13-5, 4-2) 65-56. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what we learned.

Butler needs more depth on front line this season

With Roosevelt Jones missing this season, Butler has limited depth on the front line. Butler relies on senior forwards Erik Fromm and Khyle Marshall and junior Kameron Woods along with freshman Andrew Chrabascz off of the bench.

If one or two of those players gets in foul trouble, Butler is at a huge disadvantage. Butler is forced to either go to a small lineup or reach further down the bench.

While Butler will lose Fromm and Marshall to graduation, the depth should get better next season. The Bulldogs will be left with junior forwards Roosevelt Jones and Kameron Woods along with freshman forwards Andrew Chrabascz and Nolan Berry. Butler will also get 2014 signees Tyler Wideman and Kelan Martin on campus as well, which will provide Brandon Miller with increased options on the front line.

Butler is not overmatched in the Big East

Despite the losing record in the Big East, Butler has been in each and every game except for the game at Creighton, where they ran into a buzzsaw.

Many analysts pointed to a distinct disadvantage that Butler had in the talent department. However that hasn't been the case.

Butler has competed well against the likes of Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Providence, and practically any other team they have played including non-conference opponents Oklahoma State and LSU.

The Bulldogs have desperately missed the all-around play of redshirt-sophomore forward Roosevelt Jones. A season ago, Jones made plays that haven't been made this season, both on the offensive and defensive ends, and the Bulldogs have struggled because of it.

In the end it comes down to winning plays. Butler hasn't been able to make winning plays in crucial situations whether that is making smart decisions with the basketball, making free throws, or hitting clutch shots.

Butler will need to go on a winning streak

If Butler wants to make the NCAA tournament this season, the Bulldogs will need to go on a run for the ages. The Bulldogs, currently at 1-6 in the Big East, will either need to close the season strong and win many games in a row to finish near .500 in the Big East or they can win the Big East conference tournament.

Both seem to be a tall order at this point.

The Bulldogs schedule only gets tougher after hosting St. John's on Saturday and traveling to Seton Hall next week.

In February Butler will travel to Marquette, Georgetown St. John's and Villanova, while hosting Xavier, Creighton, and Providence.


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