Butler's Tyler Lewis not expected to play vs. Georgetown
Butler will attempt to get back on track on Tuesday when Georgetown visits Hinkle Fieldhouse. However, the Bulldogs will likely have to do so without the services of junior point guard Tyler Lewis.
According to David Woods of the Indy Star, Butler head coach Chris Holtmann told reporters on Monday that he expects Lewis to miss his fourth straight game with a concussion. The 6-foot-1 pont guard suffered a concussion in practice on Jan. 21.
Lewis, the N.C. State transfer, had started 16 of 18 games for the Bulldogs. In his last appearance -- a 71-68 loss at Providence -- Lewis came off the bench for a season-low 11 minutes. But Lewis has been a key reason why Butler's offense has picked up this season. He's averaging 7.0 points and 3.7 assists per game, and his 3.94 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks in the top-10 nationally.
Five weeks ago, Butler was ranked in the top-10 and was a shoo-in for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. After dropping three of its last four that at-large bid is now in serious jeopardy. That's what makes the remaining home games so crucial. But the Bulldogs have failed to protect their home floor twice in conference play, losing to both Providence and Villanova.
Since joining the Big East, Butler has never defeated Georgetown at home. The Hoyas enter led by Indianapolis native D'Vauntes Smith Rivera, who averages 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in two appearances inside Hinkle.
Butler and Georgetown are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. EST on FS1.
(h/t Indy Star)