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Butler vs. Oklahoma: Halftime Notes

Bulldogs trail 36-24 after a sluggish first half

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  • The Sooners enjoyed a 16-0 run while Butler went scoreless for nearly eight minutes at one point in the first half, pulling away to a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs bounced back a bit down the stretch, but are still struggling to create scoring opportunities against a stifling Oklahoma defense. The Sooners have been brilliant with their defensive switching thus far and are contesting shots all over the floor, and the Butler is shooting just 29 percent from the field.
  • After dominating the offensive boards yesterday, the Bulldogs are trailing in the rebound margin 16-10 with just three offensive rebounds. Butler didn't shoot especially well yesterday either, but were carried by their number of second chance opportunities. That hasn't been the case so far today.
  • Kellen Dunham leads all players with a game-high ten points, but has struggled from the field all tournament long. Between yesterday's upset win over North Carolina and the first half of today, he's shooting just 6-26 in the Bahamas.
  • Andrew Chrabascz enjoyed a strong start to the half, scoring Butler's first five points. Austin Etherington has provided a boost off the bench, adding six points and one rebound with some aggressive drives to the rim. If the Bulldogs want to get back in the game in the second half, they're going to need scoring from Roosevelt Jones and Kelan Martin, who have a combined zero points on 0-4 shooting. Butler has some work to do in the second half.