November 24, 2007
Texas Tech, Butler shoot it out in Alaska
5-0 Butler stands between Texas Tech and a Great Alaska Shootout championship. The Bulldogs shoot a lot of three pointers and have been successful doing so. The game tips off tonight at 11:30pm CST on ESPN2HD.
The Bulldogs are known for their patient offense and smart shot selection, and this team is no different. Butler feasts on the three pointer, and as a team 55.6% of their shots come from the arc. They shoot .450 from the arc as a unit.
A.J. Graves, a 6-foot-1, 155 pound senior guard, is the leading scorer for Butler at 18.6 points per game. It should be noted that forward Avery Jukes has played one game and scored 26 points. Graves is a crafty veteran who doesn't come off the floor often, and he will punish you for letting him have any kind of look at the basket within 24 feet. He leads the team in minutes played, shot attempts, makes, three point attempts, makes, points scored, and steals. He's an excellent free throw shooter and really good passer. He shoots .479 from the arc, where 77% of his shots originate.
|Defense: The Raiders cannot leave him open with the ball, or in a position to catch and shoot the ball. If Tech plays him tight without the ball, he'll cut to the basket. Tech should be in his face all night and communicate on the cuts to the basket.|
6-foot-7, 200 pound junior forward Pete Campbell has good size but is a straight up shooter. His 15.8 points per game arrive courtesy of 80% of his shots coming from the arc, where he shoots a sizzling .524 on 22-of-42 attempts. He prefers to catch and shoot rather than having to pass it off.
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