Butler had an above average opening month of basketball going 5-3 in November. They have shown flashes of being a team that can make some noise in a Big East Conference that looks better and better every week.
Butler was 0-3 against potential tournament teams last month, getting blown out in two of them, and they face another tournament caliber team in Oklahoma tomorrow.
Butler played outstanding defense in November holding teams to an average of under 60 points per game. They have defended the three at a high level, which always gives you a chance to win. If, you can score the basketball.
Butler’s offensive struggles are hard to put into words. They’re only averaging 60ppg. That’s good for 320th in the country. There are two reasons for that. One is they shoot a lot of threes for a team that is only shooting 35% from three. Almost 40% of their shots have come from three this year. They have to look to get to the basket more. Even more of a problem has been their carelessness with the basketball.
Butler is turning the ball over almost 17 times a game. I don’t care if you’re playing the Washington Generals; it’s hard to win when you turn the ball over that much.
Butler has the ability to defend themselves to wins. They play great defense with a lot of energy. That should keep them in games when they get to conference play. If they can cut down on the turnovers, they could have a great rest of the year with a chance to do some damage in March.