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No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 18 Butler: Halftime Notes

Here are some observations from the first half as the Wildcats lead the Bulldogs 27-22.

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-In a year where there seems to be more free throws every game, this one is the complete and utter opposite. The teams have combined for only two free throws attempted, both on the Butler side. On a probably related noted, it's also been a relatively low-scoring game as well. Look for the team that can get to the line in the second half to have a good chance to pull away.

-The fact that Daniel Ochefu only has one shot tonight is absolutely absurd. He's been one of the best, if not the best, and most consistent offensive option for the Wildcats the entire season, so to establish any sort of offense in the second frame, Nova needs to get the ball to him early and often.

-Good job by Villanova to neutralize Kellen Dunham so far. The top scorer for Butler only has five points so far, and beyond that, he's been incredibly inefficient from the floor, shooting two-for-seven from the field. If Villanova continues to struggle on offense in the second half, the best way the 'Cats can still win is by shutting down Dunham.