DePaul Blue Demons (8-11, 1-5) vs. No. 13 Butler Bulldogs (16-3, 5-2) – Saturday, January 21st, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – Fox Sports 1
Radio – WYLL AM 1160
When looking at the Blue Demons last two losses, one sees some disturbing patterns. One pattern is the opponent getting hot to close out the first half. That happened both on Saturday at Marquette and on Monday at St. John’s. The Red Storm finished the first half on an 11-0 run in Monday’s game.
The other disturbing trend is the opponent’s three point shooting. On Saturday, Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey came off the bench to light the Demons up for six 3-pointers. In Monday’s game, it was Malik Ellison who dropped five of six from beyond the arc.
Marquette shot a hot 48.1 percent on threes, while St. John’s hit a ridiculous 54.5 percent from long distance against the Demons.
DePaul is going to have to reverse those trends to even sniff a chance of winning on Saturday.
The schedule gets much tougher here with the 13th ranked Bulldogs coming into Allstate Arena.
While Butler is ranked 13th in this week’s Associated Press poll, they are third in the nation in the NCAA’s RPI ratings.
“It's a veteran team that comes in riding high,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of the Bulldogs on WSCR Radio. “They don't beat themselves. They are one of the stingiest teams defensively in the country. They don't turn the ball over, which is a coach's dream. They have a terrific assist to turnover ratio, where they get good shots.”
Butler leads the Big East in turnover margin at a plus 4.1 turnovers per game.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs is Kelan Martin at 16.9 points per game. Andrew Chrabasz is contributing 11.5 ppg, while Kamar Baldwin adds 9.6 ppg. Tyler Wideman is second in the Big East in shooting percentage at 67 percent and is chipping in with 8.2 ppg.
If DePaul fans are looking for a ray of sunshine to hang on to, well Butler has not fared well on the road this season. The Bulldogs are 2-3 in true road games and have lost at Indiana State, St. John’s and Creighton.
If DePaul manages to have a lead at halftime, don’t get cocky. Butler has some comeback kids. Case and point, the Bulldogs trailed by 18 points against Marquette recently and came back to win 88-80.
The Last Time
On January 27, 2016 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Bulldogs handed the Blue Demons a 67-53 loss.
It was the Roosevelt Jones show at Hinkle. Jones led Butler with a 23 point performance on seven of 11 from the field to lead all scorers.
Kellen Dunham scored 16 points and went three of four from beyond the arc.
DePaul was led by the duo of Tommy Hamilton and Eli Cain with 13 points apiece.
Myke Henry scored 12 points, all of which came in the second half. Henry sat most of the first half due to foul trouble.
Butler held DePaul point guard Billy Garrett, Jr. to just six points in the contest.
The Bulldogs also won the game at the free throw line where they hit in 25 of their 29 trips to the charity stripe. DePaul meanwhile only made six of 13 free throws.
No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown / High School Previous School
0 Avery Woodson G Gr. 6-2 190 Waynesboro, Miss. / Wayne County Memphis
1 Tyler Lewis G R-Sr. 5-11 170 Statesville, N.C. / Oak Hill Academy (Va.) North Carolina State
3 Kamar Baldwin G Fr. 6-0 170 Winder, Ga. / Apalachee
4 Tyler Wideman F Jr. 6-8 240 Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central
10 Trey Pettus G Sr. 6-4 200 St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS
11 Kethan Savage G R-Sr. 6-3 205 Fairfax, Va. / Episcopal George Washington
20 Henry Baddley G/F Fr. 6-4 175 Wadsworth, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary
22 Sean McDermott G/F R-Fr. 6-6 190 Anderson, Ind. / Pendleton Heights
25 Steven Bennett G Sr. 6-3 190 New Castle, Ind. / Chrysler
30 Kelan Martin F Jr. 6-7 220 Louisville, Ky. / Ballard
45 Andrew Chrabascz F Sr. 6-7 230 Portsmouth, R.I. / Cushing Academy
50 Joey Brunk F/C Fr. 6-11 240 Indianapolis, Ind. / Southport
51 Nate Fowler C So. 6-10 240 Cincinnati, Ohio / Moeller
Paul Jorgensen G R-Jr. 6-2 185 New City, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) George Washingtonnull