The Bulldogs struggled Tuesday night against the Georgetown Hoyas, and this is where the Bulldogs couldn’t afford to struggle. Butler is already on the tournament bubble, and had three home games starting with the Hoyas, and then have two road games to finish off the season. The Bulldogs are 17-10 (7-7), and now probably needs to reach ten conference wins to get to the tournament. That makes the 87-83 loss hurt even more because there are no off days in this league. The Bulldogs are now on a three game losing streak, losing two of those games at home, allowing opponents to shoot over 55% from the field. Providence and Creighton will visit Hinkle for Butler’s next two games, and are now must win games.
One of Butler’s biggest problems was very inconsistent defense, especially letting bad offense dictate their defense. The Hoyas did end up going on a 16-2 run to take a 18-7 lead early in the game. Marcus Derrickson scored 27 points, Trey Dickerson had 18 points, and Jessie Govan added 17 points for Georgetown. Allowing a trio to score that many combined points makes it harder for the Bulldogs to win, especially since they can barely get a third option on offense to come around. Butler also cannot allow to play this bad on the defensive end if they want to even make the tournament, or make a run in March. Kelan Martin scored 22 points, but shot 8-23 and 1-9 from three. He added eight rebounds, but Butler cannot afford Martin to be this inefficient from the field, especially from beyond the arc. Tyler Wideman also added 19 points and six rebounds, as Kamar Baldwin added 16 points, 6 rebounds, and seven assists.
It is going to be very important to see how Butler responds to this loss. Because if they continue to play like they did against Georgetown they probably won’t win another game this season. The Bulldogs will need to dig deep to pull out a couple wins, but their backs are against the wall. Now it is time to see if they fight back or back down.