The Butler Bulldogs had a convincing 80-61 win against the Wofford Terriers on Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
One of last year’s March Madness “Cinderellas” on a team that made the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, this year’s Wofford team isn’t quite as strong as last season’s squad–particularly because of the loss of graduated sharpshooter Fletcher Magee, but also of their head coach Mike Young–who left to take the vacant Virginia Tech job.
Nevertheless, Butler held the Terriers to just 5-27 from the 3 pt. arc (18.5%) and that was really the big difference in the game.
All-Big East guard Kamar Baldwin led the way for the Bulldogs finishing with 23 points (9-17), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks.
However, the Bulldogs also received key contributions from redshirt senior Sean McDermott (10 points and 7 rebounds), junior big man Bryce Nze (12 points and 3 rebounds), and junior point guard Aaron Thompson (7 assists) among others.
The game never really seemed to be in question until the Terriers cut the Bulldogs lead to 10 points (67-57) after a made Hoover three pointer with 7:22 left in the second half.
However, Butler scored 10 unanswered points (77-57), giving them a twenty point lead late in the second half–and never really looked back from there.
Junior wing Jordan Tucker (7 points in 13 minutes) suffered an ankle injury, and as a result, freshman guard Khalif Battle received 11 minutes. He was impressive in limited action, as he scored 9 points (3 of 3 shooting) and added 2 rebounds–finishing the game with the first-team unit.
The win propels Butler to #22 in the KenPom rankings (formerly #27), and the Bulldogs will square off next against Morehead State at home on Friday night (7 pm EST).