The Butler Bulldogs fell to St. John’s Tuesday night, 69-57, and because no one wants to relive that game, I’ll keep this game recap short, sweet, and to the point, so we can all move on with our lives.
Too many turnovers.
Butler had 16 turnovers on the game compared to St. John’s 7 turnovers.
Yes, the Bulldogs were undermanned, as JaKobe Coles remains out with a knee injury, while fellow freshman Chuck Harris was a new addition to the inactive list with a bone bruise. That’s without even mentioning another freshman, Scooby Johnson, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. (And there’s the fact that scoring guard Bo Hodges was declared academically ineligible for the entirety of the 2020-21 season).
However, even with that being said, Butler was entirely too careless and weak with the basketball at the point of attack, as the Johnnies’ ball pressure, fast pace, and opportunistic steals got to the Bulldogs.
It didn’t help that senior point guard Aaron Thompson was in foul trouble for largely the entire game, but even with or without their generally steadying floor general (who had 4 turnovers of his own), Butler continued to turn the ball over with reckless abandonment.
St. John’s led by as many as 13 points, while Butler never had the lead in this one.
Guard Jair Bolden led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points (including 5-12 from 3 point range), and big man Bryce Nze had 14 rebounds–but there was little else to be excited about from this outing. (Although center Bryce Golden‘s second half slam dunk was nice to see).
Butler made a few runs to cut the St. John’s lead at various points after halftime, but in the end, the Bulldogs were entirely too careless with the basketball (while also shooting just 6-24 from the three point line as a team, which only compounded matters).
Simply put, St. John’s was the better team on Tuesday, and the Bulldogs played right into their hands, succumbing to their overall ball pressure and turning the ball over at such a glaringly high rate.
After the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 3-7 (2-5 in the Big East) and are now on a two game losing streak. Things don’t get any easier as Butler will host #8 Creighton (10-2; 6-1 Big East) Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse (4 PM EST on FS1). The Blue Jays currently rank #11 on KenPom and are not only one of the best teams in the Big East, but in the entire country.