The Butler Bulldogs showed how inconsistent they can be again against the Morehead State Eagles, especially on offense. The offense struggled for most of the first half, even though they scored 33 points, but had eight turnovers. Kelan Martin went off in the second half; scoring 16 straight points for the Bulldogs in an 85-69 point win. Marin had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, adding 4 assists and three steals, having arguably one of his better all-around games this season. Paul Jorgenson scored all 16 of his points in the second half, followed by Tyler Wideman with 15, Kamar Baldwin with 12 points, and Nate Fowler with 11 points.
Butler’s defense also proved to be its strong suit again, keeping the Bulldogs within striking distance for most games, even with its sub-par offense. The Bulldogs have shown that they have been a good defensive team since the PK80 tournament and has helped in every game that they have played. The defense faltered in the last five minutes, but that was when they put in most of the freshman and other young players.
Martin also showed that he is a lot more than a scorer, and proved that he is needed on the court even if his shot isn’t going down. Martin’s rebounding has arguably been the best part of his game. Martin has also been a solid defender and adding an assist or two as well. This makes Martin even more valuable because he doesn’t need to score a lot of points to have a positive impact on the game.
Joey Brunk has also moved into playing some minutes, giving Butler an unusual depth at the center position. Brunk still has a lot to develop on offense and defense, but has proven to be a great rebounder and is very energetic off the bench. He will need to be more develop more on both ends of the floor to be truly effective in the Big East, but will still provide some time to get Wideman and Fowler some rest simultaneously.