Kelan Martin’s go-ahead score with 3.8 seconds remaining in OT propped the Butler Bulldogs over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. The ‘Dawgs finished their run in the PK80 Invitational with a 67-66 victory over the Bucks, getting one over on former head coach Chris Holtmann.
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Martin’s bucket produced two of his 24 points scored in the game, a mark that led both sides in this contest. He was an inefficient 9-22 and 2-12 from the 3-point line, but his game-winning bucket will cure those woes for now. He found other areas to contribute, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out an assist and four steals with two turnovers in 43 minutes.
Kamar Baldwin and Paul Jorgensen joined Martin in double figures, putting up 14 and 10 respectively.
As a team, Butler didn’t play their best game. They shot 36.2 percent from the field and an ugly 19.4 percent on their 31 3-point field goal attempts. They only shot 11-20 from the free throw line. And yet, they still found a way to win.
C.J. Jackson and Keita Bates-Diop led the charge for Ohio State on Sunday, scoring 19 and 16 points respectively. Jae'Sean Tate and Kaleb Wesson each had nine points while Kam Williams finished with eight.
WHAT WE LEARNED
The Dawgs have some work to do
Butler definitely salvaged the trip to PDX with their back-to-back wins in the PK80. They took a rough loss to the Texas Longhorns in the first round, but the victories over the Portland State Vikings and Ohio State soften the blow. They may not be the best RPI-wise or even KenPom-wise, but 2-1 was probably the best case scenario for the ‘Dawgs going in.
That being said, their performances against OSU and Texas were worrisome from a shooting perspective. Throughout the tournament, the Bulldogs shot a ghastly 22.8 percent from the 3-point line. They will have to shore that up and then some, and hope it’s just a bad three-game spell.
Sloppy play likely did Ohio State in
The Buckeyes accumulated a Turnover% of 29.6 percent on their 81 total possessions. That’s not going to play, and neither will their 0.815 points per possession, either. Butler’s offensive woes were glaring as it is, but OSU shot themselves in the foot a number of times, too. Credit to Butler for persevering, but when your opponent shoots under 20 percent from 3-point land, you probably should win the game with ease.
Things are quelled on the Chris Holtmann front
For now, at least.