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Butler 76, Vanderbilt 66: Oh. Oh, dear.

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It’s Game 5 and we’re already at the “bench your leading scorer because you don’t like his effort” stage of the meltdown.

NCAA Basketball: Butler vs Vanderbilt Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt had the exact same effective field goal percentage as Butler (49.04%) and lost by 10. Or in other words...

Yeah, that seems like the proper reaction to a 10-point loss to a top 25 team (no, I don’t care what the AP poll says and neither should you) on a neutral court that was a tie game with eight and a half minutes left.

Oh. Oh, dear.

I realize this probably isn’t a representative sample of the Vanderbilt fan base at all, but of all games this is the one you picked to throw a tantrum about?

I don’t really have much of substance to say about this game because I was only halfway watching it. Matthew Fisher-Davis played 11 minutes — and didn’t play at all in the second half. He wasn’t hurt, either, from what I could tell; this was just an example of a coach deciding that he didn’t like his star player’s effort and benching him as a result.

Individual Stats

Player MIN FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA ORB DRB REB PF PTS AST TO BLK STL AdjGS GS/Min
Payton Willis 27 5 8 2 5 5 6 1 2 3 2 17 2 2 1 0 24.4 0.90
Jeff Roberson 25 3 5 0 2 5 6 0 4 4 4 11 1 2 1 1 14.9 0.60
Riley LaChance 34 2 6 1 2 2 2 1 3 4 3 7 6 2 0 0 11.1 0.33
Nolan Cressler 18 3 5 1 2 1 1 0 3 3 5 8 0 2 0 2 8.3 0.46
Clevon Brown 16 2 4 2 2 0 0 2 2 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 7.5 0.47
Joe Toye 14 3 5 0 1 1 2 0 2 2 4 7 0 1 0 1 5.9 0.42
Matthew Fisher-Davis 11 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 4.7 0.43
Phillip McGloin 0.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -0.7 -1.75
Camron Justice 10 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 -1.1 -0.11
Djery Baptiste 17 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 2 0 0 -3.4 -0.20
Luke Kornet 28 2 11 1 5 0 0 1 4 5 3 5 1 4 2 0 -5.6 -0.20
  • Hey, at least the bench showed up, amirite?
  • Jeff Roberson and Riley LaChance were fine, and Payton Willis was basically giving you what Matthew Fisher-Davis normally would.
  • On the other hand, that’s an absolutely cringe-worthy stat line from Luke.
  • Djery Baptiste has shown some promise early this season, but I really hope Bryce Drew doesn’t fall into the trap that Stallings did with Damian Jones and Luke Kornet. No, playing Baptiste and Kornet on the floor together is probably a bad idea.
  • HEY, PHILLIP MCGLOIN SIGHTING!