The Butler Bulldogs appear to have put their loss to Maryland in the rear view mirror, as they defeated the Furman Paladins, 82-65 at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Perhaps most impressively about the Bulldogs victory was where there scoring came from. Of the 82 points, 70 came from just four players. Tyler Wideman had 19, Kamar Baldwin has 18, Sean McDermott had 17, and Paul Jorgensen had 16. That group also shot an impressive 27-41 (.658) from the field. If you include Kelan Martin’s eight points, 95% of Butler’s points came from five players, which is unique.
For the Bulldogs to be able to find success when Martin is their fifth-leading scorer is also important, especially heading into PK80 where they’ll face a very talented Texas team on Thursday.
There were certainly some things that the Bulldogs need to work on, as well. They had a season-high 18 turnovers, which is uncharacteristically poor for a Butler team that prides itself on taking care of the basketball. They also forced 18 turnovers, which softened the blow.
All in all, though, Butler will take it. They’re 3-1 going into the toughest portion of their nonconference schedule with a chance to pick up a couple big wins in Portland. They have things to work on, but it’s November, every team had things to work on at this point of the season.