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Haltime Notes: Butler vs. Creighton

Bulldogs head to the half with 36-29 lead over the Jays at Hinkle

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I've given up trying to make any sense of the Big East conference standings and determined that every team between 3rd and 8th is the same. That being said, your halftime notes!

Butler

  • Oh, hello. Kelan Martin was absolutely en fuego in the first half for the Bulldogs. The sweet-shooting guard poured in 15 on 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. The Jays will have to slow him down if they want to return to Omaha with a W.
  • Roosevelt Jones and Kellan Dunham need to step it up. The duo shot just 3-of-12 from the field in the first half, not doing much to support Martin's stunning performance. If, as expected, Martin cools off a bit, Jones and Dunham are going to have to pick up some of the slack in the second half.
  • Playing it safe. The Bulldogs offense has been completely predicated on being smart with the basketball thus far. Butler had just four turnovers in the first half, allowing them to keep a nice cushion between them and the Jays even as the visitors attempt to push the pace.

Creighton

  • Points please. Reigning Big East POTW Mo Watson Jr. leads the Jays with nine points at the half on 4-of-10 shooting, no other Creighton player has more than five. If the Jays don't find a second option it's going to be tough to turn the halftime score around.
  • Building a house. Creighton's first half has had a heck of a lot of bricks for one of the better offensive teams in the country. The Jays shot just 31 percent from the field on 8-of-26 shooting and their cold shooting extend behind the arc as well, where they shot just 4-of-13 in the first half.
  • Chaos theory. The Jays need to find a way to pressure the ball more in the second half and either force turnovers or make Butler take more contested jumpers. Too many times in the half they allowed Martin to get a shot off without a hand in his face. If the lax defensive effort continues the Jays will almost assuredly walk out of Hinkle on the wrong end of the scoreboard.