Marquette Athletic Director Bill Scholl and head coach Steve Wojciechowski will be holding a meeting Thursday to discuss how they can possibly get the Butler Bulldogs on their schedule a few more times this year. After pummeling Butler 73-57 Wednesday night, the Golden Eagles have now won just two of their last seven – both wins coming against the Bulldogs.
Though 16 points is a comfortable margin, the game was even more one-sided than the score suggests. The game got so ugly that Campbell Donovan and Mike Parker both saw their first minutes of the season for Butler, with Parker earning a large ovation after sinking a three-pointer in the final minutes.
Marquette dominated this contest from the tip with physicality and team play. The Golden Eagles won the rebounding battle 41-28 and also converted their size and strength into free throw opportunities, earning 27 tries from the line and missing just three of them. The Bulldogs, missing forward Bryce Nze who was out with a groin injury, had no answer for Theo John and Jamal Cain who combined for 29 points and 20 rebounds. Meanwhile, the diminutive Chuck Harris led Butler with just five boards.
Marquette has had an up and down season, but this win came at a great time, giving Coach Wojciechowski’s squad a confidence boost going into the final stretch. Next up is one of the toughest games to be played in the BIG EAST season, a road game at UConn where James Bouknight is back and ready to play. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, prepare for Xavier.
Butler plays Xavier on Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Marquette plays UConn on Saturday, February 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET.