While the Bulldogs didn’t quite the dominate this game, the Bulldogs did dictate the pace, tempo, and play–holding DePaul to a mere 33.3% from FG (19-57) and 4-24 (16.7%) from 3 point range. Butler slowed it down to a halfcourt game, played physical, and properly defended the Blue Demons.
The Bulldogs never trailed in this one.
Despite DePaul’s shooting struggles, the Dawgs shot the ball quiet effectively–having hit 50.0% from FG (27-54) and 37.0% (10-27 from 3 point range).
Jair Bolden led all scorers with 21 points (including 5-12 from 3 point range) and continues to show that he’s more than just a spot-up 3-ball shooter–with the ability to hit silky smooth midrange jumpers as well.
Senior Aaron Thompson continued to be the Bulldogs steadying floor general, controlling the game, and effectively running the offense for Butler–adding 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
After Butler lost to DePaul 66-79 in Chicago last season, the Bulldogs avenged last year’s road loss–controlling this one soundly from tip-off to the final buzzer.
Butler (5-7, 4-5 Big East) will host Seton Hall (9-5, 6-2 Big East) at 9 PM EST (FS1) on Friday night. Seton Hall currently ranks #44 by KenPom, while Butler is #88.