Butler will be looking to bounce back from a loss to No. 18 Seton Hall when the Bulldogs travel to DePaul on Saturday afternoon. The No. 5 Bulldogs had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Pirates on Wednesday night. DePaul has a 12-5 record, but it has lost each of its last four games.
Butler looking to bounce back from disappointing lossButler cracked the top five in the polls on the heels of a six-game winning streak that included victories against Southern, Purdue, Louisiana Monroe, St. John’s, Creighton and Providence. The streak was snapped in a 78-70 home loss to No. 18 Seton Hall on Wednesday night. It was not the first half that did the Bulldogs in, though. They jumped out to a 40-30 lead at halftime and were in control of the game. The second half was a completely different story, as Seton Hall outscore the Bulldogs 48-30 and left with an eight-point win. Butler is now sitting at 15-2 on the season.
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The Bulldogs are led by senior guard Kamar Baldwin, who is scoring 15.1 points per game and is dishing out 3.0 assists per game. Baldwin is one of three threats from the perimeter, making 27 of 76 from downtown. Senior forward Sean McDermott is scoring 11.6 points per game and is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. McDermott has been the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 36 of 86 from beyond the arc for a 41.9 percent clip. Junior forward Bryce Nze leads Butler in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game to go along with 9.6 points per game. Junior forward Jordan Tucker is scoring 9.4 points per game and has made 30 of 76 from beyond the 3-point line.
Blue Demons on four-game losing skidDePaul got off to a hot start this season, only dropping one game during non-conference play. It has been a different story once the Big East portion of the Blue Demons’ schedule started, as they have now lost four games in a row to drop to 12-5 on the year. Those losses have come to Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s and Villanova. All four losses have been by single digits. It was a roller-coaster loss to the Wildcats on Tuesday night, as DePaul jumped out to an early 13-point lead. Villanova stormed back and led by 11 points with just over two minutes to play. The Blue Demons rallied to force overtime, but Villanova picked up the win in overtime.
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The Blue Demons are led by junior guard Charlie Moore, who is scoring 16.5 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 6.7 assists per game. He has been one of the best outside shooters on the team, making 32 of 93 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Paul Reed is a force to be reckoned with, averaging a double-double. He is pouring in 15.5 points per game and is grabbing 11.4 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jaylen Butz is scoring 11.3 points per game and is adding 6.2 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Jalen Coleman-Lands is the final player in double figures, scoring 11.2 points per game.
- 5-0 ATS in its last five games following an ATS loss
- 6-1 ATS in its last seven Saturday games
- 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games overall
- 1-4 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a winning record