Early on, Butler has proven they intend to play with a lot of intensity. If they hope to have success, however, the Bulldog’s intensity cannot become anxiety.
Butler has gotten several good looks under the basket, but none of the shot have fallen. Two 3-pointer by Shelvin Mack has kept the score close, but Butler needs to take advantage of their opportunities in the early portion of the game.
Matt Howard has missed 3-of-4 free throws, which aren’t helping either.
Nolan Smith looks good early for Duke, hitting his first two field goals of the game and pulling down a rebound. Jon Scheyer’s hustle to block a fast break, shows the Blue Devils are willing to match Butler’s tempo.