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Jay Wright and the “Cats” are now 4-4 at the historic venue since Butler joined the Big East, and they have lost in four of their last five trips there

“A disappointing game for us, of course, but I think most of the credit goes to Butler,” Wright said. “It was fun to play in this atmosphere but it wasn’t fun to see us have played in it

“They were superb. Your guards only dominated the game. I know (Bryce) Golden and (Bryce) Nze did a good job, but a lot of their staff came along, especially (Jair) Bolden and (Chuck) Harris We got them.” just don’t control ”

After a back and forth start, in which Senior Collin Gillespie and newcomer Chuck Harris found a rhythm for their respective teams early on, the cats got cold and the Bulldogs immediately took the opportunity

The shooting from below continued after the break and while the cats were showing some glimpse into improved defense, they couldn’t get started

“I think the credit goes to them,” Wright said. “I thought the guards did a good job defensively. Teams that stand up inside us and are physical bothered us. They were very inside us, physically, and it influenced us They just played us one on one and said, ‘Go on’

“Neither of us was physically so aggressive that we could beat her one on one or force her to help. That’s why I give her physicality a lot of credit”

Villanova struggled, but whenever it seemed to find a rhythm the Bulldogs responded with big shots and defensive stalls to stop their swing

A Justin Moore layup cut it down to five, with 14:14 in the game, the closest Villanova to Butler, but the deficit hovered between single and double digits for the remainder of the game

“Just the consistency defensive,” Wright said of what kept his team from taking the lead. “We put together some good defenses and then collapsed. Just not being up to date on these adjustments making and making adjustments all sound great, but sometimes your adjustments can confuse your team that you’re not on top

“We were just one step back, we’re not defensive where we do the things we want to do, we just have to keep working on them and get better”

Butler seemed to take the game out of reach with two consecutive threes from Chuck Harris and Jair Bolden, making it a 14-point game by less than three minutes

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl went up and down with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Collin Gillespie had 14 points but had a calm second half. Caleb Daniels and Justin Moore finished with 10 points apiece

As a team, the cats only shot 2 out of 27 (74%) from outside the arc, including 14 consecutive missed threes to end the game

“We only live with the shots we make, remain confident and aggressive on the offensive but defensive,” said Robinson-Earl of the wildcats’ problems today

For Butler, Harris, a freshman, had 20 points Bolden finished with 15 points Bryce Nze had a 12-point, 11-rebound double double with five assists Bryce Golden had all of his 13 points in the second half alone / p>

The Bulldogs played without two key players, Aaron Thompson and Christian David, who were injured

“It’s a completely different game today,” said Robinson-Earl, playing on Villanova’s 85-66 win in December at 16. “Obviously, it has shown that their newbies have gotten much better and their seniors and juniors have done a good job to help them ”

The “cats” will attempt to regroup on Wednesday Seniors Night when they host a Creighton Bluejays team that will also suffer a loss, drop-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm ET

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Source: https://www.vuhoops.com/2021/2/28/22306034/butler-bulldogs-upsets-no-8-villanova-wildcats-game-recap-college-basketball-big-east