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That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Posted on: November 27, 2009 12:23 am
Edited on: November 27, 2009 12:28 am
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Butler turned the ball over 21 times, shot 21.7 percent from 3-point range and endured a 30-minute stretch during which All-American candidate Gordon Hayward did not make a field goal. So yeah, the 12th-ranked Bulldogs lost 82-73 to 22nd-ranked Minnesota late Thursday. But before dismissing them as all hype, it's important to understand that just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and that Butler is unlikely to be off in so many different ways too often.

"We did not play as well as we would've liked," said Butler coach Brad Stevens. "Give Minnesota credit."

Indeed, Minnesota deserves some credit. The Gophers used a balanced attack (five players with at least nine points) and deep bench (46 of the 82 points came from reserves) to fluster Butler, and that Tubby Smith's team shot 47.4 percent from 3-point range didn't hurt, either. So I guess what I'm saying is that Minnesota was about as good as it could be and that Butler was about as bad as it could be. And though those things probably have something to do with each other, I'm not going to let Thursday's loss greatly alter my opinion of the Bulldogs.

Another loss Friday, though, and I'll have to reshuffle.
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Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2009 12:34 pm
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

You are exactly on target. Howard is their team. If you get Howard in foul trouble (CHEAP FOULS) you beat Butler. Howard should have went to one of the 64 BCS schools that recruited him. The other players on the team ( Hayward in particular ) are role players. Shelvin Mack is going to be a good ballplayer but he isn't yet.
Howard's AAU teammates  are on Purdue.
Minnesota will contend for the Big Ten title this year!!



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2009 12:26 pm
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Sorry about the Appalchian State comment. I see they already play  IPFW .What the heck is that. Of course the big Grambling game is coming up.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2009 12:21 pm
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Let us see how Wisconsin does against Minnesota this year. I hear Appalachian State is scrambling to play Wisconsin.




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2009 11:58 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Yes after you beat Ville and Conn, you guys sure played a great championship game, way to go I think  no I am sure I turned the channel about 20 mins. into the game and checked back from time to time but still I could not see a good game.  Way to save something in the tank, Go MSU.  But this is a new year and we will see who is the best in the end. 

Court Dog



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2009 11:43 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Butler only has so many oppurtunities to make an impression against BCS schools.  The fact that they blew one of their oppurtunities tells me that they weren't ready for the game, and may not be ready for the tenacious play it takes to beat a BCS school.

Talent makes way for hype (they are talented), but BCS wins pave the way for credibility.  This team has no credibility with me until they beat some BCS schools...



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2009 11:14 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Bulter did not play as well as they are capable of. Not even close, but Minnesota deserves the credit for that. They were much quicker and contested a lot more shots. They were blocking shots, switching quickly and generally harassing Butler. Butler had some foul trouble that affected the game in a big way. This was a big win for Minnesota because they showed that they don't have to rely on getting 15 from Westbrook or solid play from Al Nolen. The Gophers are deep and if they get a few of those suspended guys back they could make a nice run and knock of some higher ranked teams in the future.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2009 7:57 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

I'm a Gopher fan living in overseas.  I didn't catch the game, but after reading all the posts and analysis sounds like they are already ahead of where I thought they'd be this year.   I know Kentucky is supposedly "back" we will see, but I am very thankful for Tubby.  He has taken this team from the dump and turned them into a Big Ten contender and hopefully down the road a few nice wins in the Dance. 

Rocket, I want to give you props  for having a good objective post about a rival. Not some donkey show garbage. I'm heading to New Orleans for the first round of the Dance in Mar.  My dream is for Minny to be seeded there.  Good luck to your Illini this year. Could be a nice year for the Big Ten again, I still haven't heard from any Big East fans after all the that trash talk last year when Mich St put their 2 best teams out back to back.



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2009 3:14 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

not to mention that Westbrook did not really get going until mid-way through the second half.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2009 1:44 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love

Yeah, I sincerely doubt that was the best the Gophers could be.  They were without their most touted, albeit troubled prospect, and have a young roster early in the season.   I honestly wasn't impressed with Butler at all.  They just don't seem like that good of a team.  Other than Howard, who do they have that can get to the rim?  Gophers land Cory Joseph and they will be Big Ten champs in 2 years baby!



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2009 1:32 am
 

That wasn't the Butler I know and love


But, honestly, how could anybody lose to UCLA?


I hear Alcorn State is scrambling to squeeze them in for a game in February.


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