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Bulldogs will have hands full with Golden Eagles

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 9:23 pm

LEXINGTON - Butler will face Marquette on Saturday (approximately 7:45 p.m.) at Rupp Arena in the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Here are five keys to the Bulldogs advancing to its fifth Sweet 16 in the past 11 years.

1. Let 'em shoot

Marquette didn't make a single 3-pointer until it had to in Thursday's win over Davidson. The Golden Eagles have barely shot over 30 percent for the year and have been outshot by their opponents by nearly two per game on average this season.

2. How old are these guys?

While five of Butler's top seven players played in their initial NCAA Tournament game on Thursday, Marquette is one of the older teams that you can find.

The Golden Eagles start two true seniors, one redshirt-senior, a junior and a sophomore.

Marquette also plays two redshirt-juniors and a true junior off of the bench.

3. How many of these guys play?

Marquette played nine guys in their win over Davidson at least nine minutes.

The Golden Eagles also crushed Davidson in points off of the bench 23-7.

4. Crash early and often

Butler will have to focus on keeping Marquette out of the paint and off the glass.

The Golden Eagles typically ou-trebound their opponents by five per game and killed Davidson 41-29 overall, as well as a dominating 17-7 at the offensive end.

5. Don't foul the shooter

Butler will have to be disciplined at the defensive end of the floor or Marquette will take advantage of that.

The Golden Eagles have shot 674 free throws (136 more than their opponents have) and connects at a 72 percent rate.

Against Davidson, the Golden Eagles hit 15 of 19 attempts.