Monday, April 5, 2010

Butler winning offensive rebound battle; keeping close with 3-pointer

With Ronald Nored and Matt Howard on the bench, the starting point guard and center respectively, the Butler Bulldogs have used second chance opportunities and the 3-pointer to stay close with Duke. The Blue Devils are shooting 51 percent from the field, but Butler has ten offensive rebounds and five 3-pointers.

On the defensive side, Butler has held Duke to only three offensive rebounds. Duke has been the best offensive rebounding team of the tournament, and they have made it here with the strength of their second chance opportunities.

If Butler can continue to hold Duke away from the offensive glass, they can shorten the game and give themselves a chance in the final minutes of the game. Look for Duke to try and assert their big players on the boards in the second half, and Butler to use more dribble penetration to open up open looks for the hot outside shooters. Duke 33, Butler 32.

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