Butler vs. Dayton: Social media recap

A struggling night for LaVall Jordan and the rest of the team as Butler drops its first game of the season to Dayton, 69-64.

DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | dsandife@butler.edu.

In their first game of the 2018 Battle 4 Atlantis, Butler took on former conference foe Dayton out of the Atlantic 10. As beautiful as the Bahamas were on the outside, Imperial Arena was in pristine condition, too.

As the Battle 4 Atlantis ESPN B team took their shift, fans and dogs may have noticed all of the extra adds into the game’s production.

Point it to extended jet lag or a bad meal, but something didn’t seem right about Butler tonight.

And don’t be fooled by the sarcasm, Butler’s leading scorers Kamar Baldwin and Paul Jorgensen (especially) struggled.

The Bulldogs were down 15 at one point, but a late game push gave Butler fans hope that the team did have some life.

Aaron Thompson doesn’t always put up bunches of points, but fans were shown tonight his importance in the offense.

Looking at the box score makes this game even more of a head scratcher. Butler did well taking care of the ball and got after it on the offensive glass, but it was just a bad shooting night that was the difference between the Bulldogs and the Flyers.

If you couldn’t watch this game, it was a good one to miss. Both teams played sloppily, but Butler will have more opportunities in the coming days to prove their worth.

Frustration will certainly come if you did watch this one.

But be reminded that this is similar to the way Butler played in the first game of last year’s PK80, and the team did just fine.

Butler will play at 9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving day against the loser of the Middle Tennessee/Virginia game. Expect the Bulldogs to match up with the Blue Raiders from Middle Tennessee State in a rematch of a round of 32 game in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

After all, Butler fans have more to be thankful for than most college basketball programs.