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Butler vs. Indiana game recap: 3 things we learned from Butler's 82-73 loss to the Hoosiers

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While it may not have matched the excitement of their last showdown in 2012 (in which Butler guard Alex Barlow hit the game-winner in overtime to knock off then-No. 1 Indiana), the Butler Bulldogs fought until the very end in a 82-73 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers in the annual Crossroads Classic. Here's three key takeaways from the game:

1. Butler's Offensive Inconsistency

Other than guard Kellen Dunham, who scored a game-high 23 points today, Butler continued to have trouble finding their footing on the offensive end. Dunham has been tremendous this year, but the team has struggled to find a clear-cut second option in their offense. The team struggled with their efficiency near the rim once again and shot just 39.1 percent from the floor, including hitting just three of 16 three-point attempts. Sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz was great today, adding 14 points and five rebounds, but proved to be the only steady option for the Bulldogs in the paint. It was a quiet day for freshman guard Kelan Martin (eight points, two rebounds), and he failed to connect on a single three during the game. The team certainly has their options on the offensive end, the focus just needs to be on finding some consistency from game to game.

2. Indiana's Troy Williams Emerges

Holy cow, is this kid good! Williams had a quiet start to the year and started to really flash his talent in Indiana's previous game with Grand Canyon, but he exploded for a double-double in today's game with 22 points and eleven rebounds. He reminds me a lot of former Marquette forward Jamil Wilson, with dazzling athleticism, intense length and the ability to score at or away from the basket. Williams did pretty much whatever he wanted today against the Bulldogs, and proved to be the main reason for Indiana's success in the first half while guard Yogi Ferrell dealt with some foul trouble.

3. Roosevelt Jones Disappoints

I've been waiting to bring this up for a little while, but it's time to talk about Roosevelt Jones' disappointing performance this season. By no means am I trying to call Jones a bad player; I think we all know how talented this guy is and what he can bring to this squad. However, he has been a little underwhelming. In the last two games against Tennessee and Indiana (both losses), Jones has shot a combined 7-of-24, with almost all of his misses near the basket, where he's usually dominant. He turned the ball over a combined seven times in those two games, struggling at times with his role as lead ball-handler, depending on Butler's lineup at the time. I understand that he's still getting his feet under him after missing an entire season due to injury, but he's picked up some careless habits throughout the season and it's starting to show a little bit. He's a confident player and chances are that he'll figure it out, but it's been a tough stretch for the junior forward.