Butler put up 144 points against The Citadel to open their 2015-16 season Saturday night in Indianapolis. Final Score 144-71.
Entering their second season under head coach Chris Holtmann the Bulldogs look poised to score a whole lot more than they did in a more conservative era under coach Brad Stevens.
The 144 points was the most scored in a D-1 game since 1997 and the Bulldogs 73 second point halfs are the most ever in school history.
Add to that 64% shooting from the field with 63 rebounds, it was a clear mismatch in Indianapolis Saturday night. 92 points came in the paint.
Per Fox Sports, Holtmann said after the game: ”They won’t all be like that. Our guys played with a purpose and I think they understood this game was a unique situation. This was probably a once in-a-lifetime type of game. I think we’ll take a few key points from this, like sharing the ball and some of the pressure, but I think we’ll move on and get ready for Missouri State,”
At No. 22 in preseason rankings, clearly no one was sleeping on the Bulldogs, but they were not considered Big East contenders-that may change.