Basketball Prospectus: Unfiltered Everything Else is Fluff.

December 5, 2008

Butler is at it Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 1:03 am

You may think this is becoming an annual occurrence–and you’d be right–but I want to direct your attention toward a certain team called Butler. Inexplicably playing perhaps their biggest conference game of the season on December 4, the Bulldogs won 50-48 tonight on the road against preseason Horizon League favorite Cleveland State, thanks to a last-second three drilled by sophomore Zach Hahn.

Butler is now 6-0 with wins not only at CSU, but also at Drake and at home against Northwestern. Not bad for a team that lost five seniors from last year’s 30-4 team, including A.J. Graves and 2008 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award-winner Mike Green.

Speaking of Pomeroys, slacker Ken still hasn’t flipped the switch on his HAL 9000 that spits out individual stats for 341 D-I teams daily. So what I’m about to say is based on old-world hand-crafted workmanship performed by yours truly. But I for one am keeping an eye on Butler freshman Gordon Hayward, a hitherto anonymous lad who, if present trends are any guide, may steal some of the spotlight from Matt Howard. So far on the young season, the 6-8 Hayward has functioned as both the Bulldogs’ best defensive rebounder and as their premier perimeter threat, hitting 43 percent of his threes while launching more than half of his attempts from beyond the arc. Again, it’s only early December, I know. But that is one really unusual and impressive combination. The young man has my attention.   

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Powered by WordPress