The Butler Bulldogs were led to a 94-83 victory over Marquette in front of 8,911 at Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday night thanks to one man.
Kelan Martin, that man put on a show and career night on Friday, on his way to drop 37 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Martin also had no turnovers, bringing his offensive rating over 170, which has been higher than stars like Trae Young of Oklahoma and Markus Howard of Marquette. This performance came after Martin was snubbed by the Wooden Award midseason top 25 list, even though he has been performing at an All-American level this season. Martin scored 20 of his points in the last 10 minutes, helping the Dawgs close out the game, and after his horrendous game against Creighton, this was a good bounce-back game for him.
Tyler Wideman, 16 points, and Kamar Baldwin,19 points, five rebounds, and four assists, also helped carry Butler to victory. Baldwin was also tasked with holding Markus Howard, who was coming off of 52 and 37 point games, to 14 points on Friday. Andrew Rowsey was also contained to 17 points, but Sam Hauser dropped 30 points. If Baldwin and Martin can play this dialed in every game, Butler will very hard to beat.