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DePaul vs. No. 13 Butler Preview

The Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena to face the 13th ranked Butler Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. We preview the game in this report.  

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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

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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.

Butler Roster

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 Washington

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