Butler vs Marquette: Social media recap

Aaron Thompson brings the ball up the court. Marquette bounced Butler 76-58. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Lafakis.

DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | dsandife@butler.edu

Having dropped four of their last six games, Butler welcomed No. 10 Marquette in what seemed to be a must-win to get some momentum for the rest of the season. While there was some changes in the starting five, it was not due to Sean McDermott’s knee injury.

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As for the game, both offenses started off rather slowly. And Butler’s streaky shooter in Jordan Tucker was as cold as it was outside.

Markus Howard was an instant microwave, though, scoring 15 points in a five minute span in the first half.

And refs seemed to be an issue in the game, go figure.

And the loss isn’t surprising given the opponent…

but there seemed to be a lack of energy that Butler teams of the past would have given any team fits, regardless if shots were falling or not.

A fifth-straight NCAA Tournament bid is now looking like a thing of the past.

And Butler hasn’t been the only team in the state to lose its identity in the new year.

Kamar Baldwin scored a team-high 16 points, while Markus Howard doubled him with 32.

The team will stay home to face the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday at noon.