After two tough road losses in their past two games, the Butler Bulldogs needed a win in order to assure a Merry Christmas for all. They did just that, knocking off the UT-Martin Skyhawks by a score of 64-37 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Here are the three biggest takeaways from the game.
Andrew Chrabascz got it going early and never looked back
The sophomore forward very well may be the next big thing for the Bulldogs if he keeps putting out performances like tonight's. He shot 7-8 from the field for 17 points, picking up right where he left off against Indiana in which he had 14 points. He only pulled down two rebounds, but when you're on the court with Kameron Woods (Second in the conference in rebounding, 9.4), rebounds are hard to come by. Chrabascz could prove to be a very nice third scoring option behind Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones heading into Big East play.
UT-Martin's Arkeem Joseph is good
Joseph was pretty much the lone bright spot for the Skyhawks. He scored a team-leading 12 points, and grabbed a team leading seven rebounds. Both of these were season highs for the junior center from Brooklyn, New York.
The Bulldogs remain very good at Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tonight's win puts the Bulldogs at 6-0 at home on the season, and on a seven game win streak dating back to last season. Since the start of the 1995-1996 season the Bulldogs are 240-41 at home, and the current group of seniors improved to 41-15 at home. In order to compete in the Big East, Butler will need to continue to thrive on their home floor. Going into this game, Butler's average margin of victory this year at Hinkle was 31.2 points. They only won this game by 28, so that will fall. Slackers.