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SWZag
12-20-2011, 11:03 AM
Butler-Gonzaga: 'Mid' Label is Misleading (USA Today/The Indianapolis Star) (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/story/2011-12-20/butler-gonzaga-preview/52109072/1)


Few called Butler's physical defense "unbelievable" and said its "dedication to execution is unmatched right now in college basketball."
Few and Stevens corresponded last season after their teams had bumpy starts in their respective leagues. The home-and-home series sends the Zags to Hinkle Fieldhouse next season.

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A Battle of the Mid-Major Elite Zags host Butler (Slipper Still Fits) (http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2011/12/19/2648179/a-battle-of-the-mid-major-elite-zags-host-butler)


Khyle Marshall is arguably the most talented player on the BU roster, and the sophomore forward has improved thanks to an increased role. Marshall averages a team-high 10.4 ppg, and along with Andrew Smith, is one of only two guys to average in double-figures. The offensive struggles for Butler are fairly staggering, as the Bulldogs average only 65.7 ppg and shoot only 39% from the field as a team. To put that into perspective, the season-low for Gonzaga this season is 67 points, which has occurred twice this season.


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Tuesday's Preview: Butler - Gonzaga (College Hoops Net) (http://collegehoopsnet.com/tuesdays-preview-butler-gonzaga-169466)


Gonzaga's points allowed per possession number is equal to what Butler averages on offense (0.97), so the key will be how well Butler defends a team that averages 1.1 points per possession. There's no doubt that Butler is tough enough to hang around, but are they efficient enough? That's the key.

SWZag

Zagpower
12-20-2011, 11:24 AM
Interesting that Hinkle Fieldhouse was built in 1928 but still holds 10,000 for a school with an enrollment of 4,000. Is that an off-campus facility?