Paul Jorgensen dribbles down the court in Butler’s win over Presbyerian, 76-67. Jorgensen was held to four points on 1-5 shooting. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Lafakis.
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After being away from home, the Hinkle Fieldhouse faithful was a welcome sight.
— Historic Hinkle (@ButlerWarSong) December 19, 2018
It started off slow for the Bulldogs, as Presbyterian came out firing from three. Butler couldn’t match the offense, and went down 14 early.
But it was sophomore Aaron Thompson who powered the team through the deficit, and eventually, a hard-earned win.
Aaron Thompson going 8-10 with 18 tonight pic.twitter.com/kwl2IjMbz5
— Barstool Butler (7-3) (@BarstoolButler) December 19, 2018
And with his performances as of late this season, Butler fans should get used to him being a leader on the court.
Aaron Thompson is a player that you should have bought stock in last season but if you haven't…buy stock now. #Butler
— Lukas Harkins (@hardwiredsports) December 19, 2018
He’s truly a fluid basketball player, perfect for a Butler system that his highly structured.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) December 19, 2018
And when he’s on, the opposing side doesn’t stand a chance.
So cute how #5 thinks he can score 1v1 against Thompson
— Ovid Butler (@Section_29) December 19, 2018
Oh, and he contributed seven assists and three steals. A true stat sheet stuffer.
Career-high 18 points. Seven assists. Three steals.
AT was hoopin’. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/eOw4lyMd6D
— Jimmy Lafakis (@JJLII30) December 19, 2018
Aside from the Thompson takeover, Butler fans were equally excited about what they saw from Jordan Tucker in his home debut.
Butler is trailing by 1 at home in the 2nd half to the 263rd ranked team on KenPom and Butler fans are excited right now. That's how promising Jordan Tucker looks. He can be that missing piece.
— Jared Grubbs (@ButlerWay) December 19, 2018
And his shooting and rebounding ability have Bulldogs fans shouting for more.
Why Tucker is not getting any more run is something I do not understand one bit.
— Shooter Flatch (@HinkleHangover) December 19, 2018
It wasn’t the usual Baldwin, Jorgensen, and McDermott show that we’ve been accustomed to seeing this year, but championship teams are able to win games in multiple ways. Butler proved it can do that tonight.
It's still Presbyterian, obviously, but it does matter that Butler is finding other places to get points and help for Baldwin. Starting to get some versatility offensively.
— Dustin Dopirak (@DustinDopirak) December 19, 2018
However, it was just Presbyterian. And some fans are wondering when/if changes are coming. Below would be a fan favorite lineup. While we might not see this in the near future, this is a likely combination for the start of the 2019-20 season.
No need to make selections. I already did it for you.
Head Coach- Lavall
G- Aaron Thompson
G- Kamar Baldwin
F- Sean McDermott
F- Jordan Tucker
C- Joey Brunk https://t.co/r89CydFyco
— Fake Brad Stevens (@FakeBradStevens) December 18, 2018
In the end, a win is a win. The Bulldogs move to 8-3. They will next host UC Irvine on Friday, Dec. 21 (debuting the blue jerseys, no less) before they gear up for their showdown against the Florida Gators in Gainesville.