Butler puts perfect home mark on the line
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The 18th-ranked Butler Bulldogs are the
favorites to win the Horizon League title this season, and they will
attempt to avoid an upset tonight as they host the Youngstown State
On Saturday, Youngstown State was able to halt a three-game slide with
an 81-63 decision over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The win enabled the Penguins to
improve to 3-3 in league play and 8-10 overall. Of the 10 true road games
that they have played thus far, seven have resulted in defeat.
Butler will attempt to remain perfect at home this season improve its already
stellar 15-2 overall record. The Bulldogs moved to 3-1 in Horizon action on
Saturday with a 62-47 decision over South Dakota State, as strong defense was
again the key to victory.
Butler has won 10 of the 12 all-time meetings with Youngstown State.
The 81 points that Youngstown State scored on Saturday marked the team’s
second-best offensive output through 18 games. Quin Humphrey totaled 22 points
and 11 rebounds to lead the Penguins to the victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Byron Davis tallied 17 points and five assists, and he also registered the
squad’s only three steals. Keston Roberts scored 14 points, John Barber netted
12 points and Jack Liles had 10 points for Youngstown State, which shot an even
50 percent from the field while limiting the Panthers to 36.1 percent
efficiency. Humphrey is averaging 17.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg, and he should be
considered one of the best players in the league. Roberts adds 16.4 ppg for the
Penguins, who are posting 67.5 ppg this season, a slightly higher average than
the 67.0 ppg that they are surrendering.
Butler is limiting its opponents to 56.4 ppg this season on 40.1 percent
shooting from the floor, and the Bulldogs have committed just 172 turnovers in
17 games. They play tremendous team basketball and rarely make costly mistakes,
and the results of the sound plays are reflected in the 15-2 record. A.J.
Graves leads the club in scoring with 18.8 ppg, and he always has the ball late
in close games because of the fact that he is one of the nation’s best free
throw shooters. In fact, he has only missed one attempt in 83 trips to the foul
line. Mike Green is contributing 13.6 ppg for Butler, and Brandon Crone adds
10.5 ppg. Crone scored 14 points in the win over South Dakota State, as he was
the only starter to reach double figures. Butler shot 51.2 percent from the
field and limited its overmatched opponent to 36.1 percent shooting. Graves sat
out that game after having oral surgery, but he should be back in the lineup