Brandon Miller

Second half dominance highlights Brandon Miller’s first regular season win at Butler

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New Butler head coach Brandon Miller got his first taste of regular season play as a head coach on Saturday evening, and the game against Lamar at Hinkle Fieldhouse didn’t get off to the start that he had hoped for. The Bulldogs had some issues defensively, which allowed the Cardinals to hang around and essentially go toe to toe with Butler for the first 12 minutes of the game.

Butler got things going in a big way however, as a 9-2 run to close the half served as the catalyst the Bulldogs needed. Butler dominated the second half, shooting 58.3% from the field while limiting Lamar to 37.5% shooting on their way to the 89-58 win. Overall Butler shot 50.6%, with Khyle Marshall accounting for 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way.

Marshall was one of four Bulldogs to score in double figures, with Butler making up for an off night from deep (4-for-17 3PT) by finding quality looks inside of the arc (64.2% 2PT). Butler also enjoyed a good night on the glass, as they managed to rebound 37.8% of their missed shots, and the Bulldogs finished the game with just five turnovers.

With Rotnei Clarke having graduated and Roosevelt Jones out for the year (wrist injury), the job ahead of Miller is a tough one with the Bulldogs also making the move from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East. But while Butler soared to its greatest heights on the hardwood under Brad Stevens, it should be noted that the program enjoyed success even before Stevens took over as head coach.

The road ahead of Miller won’t be an easy one to navigate, but if Butler can build on its second half performance they may prove to be better than many expected them to be during the preseason.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.