HOME CLOSING: Butler will wrap up a three-game homestand and close out its regular season home slate when it hosts Horizon League foe UIC on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The game at Hinkle Fieldhouse, scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET), will feature a tribute to seniors Ronald Nored and Garrett Butcher and will be televised on WNDY-TV. Butler, coming off a 75-54 victory over Indiana State in Sears BracketBuster X, is looking to extend a season-long, four-game winning streak and continue to climb in the Horizon League standings. The Bulldogs (17-12, 10-6 HL) are tied with Detroit for third place in the league race, two games behind league-leading Valparaiso and one game behind second place Cleveland State. Detroit plays at Cleveland State on Thursday (Feb. 23), while Butler plays at Valparaiso on Friday (Feb. 24). UIC (8-18, 3-12 HL) is coming off a 67-63 victory over Eastern Illinois in its game in Sears BracketBuster X. Among the Flames' wins this season are victories over Detroit and Evansville. Butler defeated UIC, 57-49, last month in Chicago.
Butler has clinched a seventh consecutive winning season.
HOUSE WORK: The Bulldogs stretched their streak of consecutive years with at least 10 homecourt victories to 17 in a row with the win over Indiana State. Butler is 10-5 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season with wins in six of it's last eight home games. Since Brad Stevens took over as head coach, Butler is 66-10 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and 39-5 in Horizon League regular season home games.
Butler is 162-24 at Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
SENIOR RECOGNITION: Butler's game against UIC will be the final regular season home contest for seniors Ronald Nored (above right) and Garrett Butcher (above left). The two Butler co-captains rank third on the Bulldogs' all-time list for senior class wins with a 104-32 record during their four seasons. The two have helped Butler to three Horizon League regular season championships, two league tournament titles and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including back-to-back appearances in the national title game. Nored and Butcher joined the Bulldogs in 2008-09, along with current NBA players Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack and redshirt juniors Chase Stigall and Emerson Kampen.
COMPLETE GAME: Butler never trailed in its BracketBuster victory over Indiana State. The Bulldogs, playing before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, jumped to an 11-4 lead and then stretched that margin to as many as 15 points before settling for a 37-27 halftime advantage. The visiting Sycamores never got closer in the second half. Butler opened the final period with a 7-2 run and expanded the lead to as many as 23 points late in the contest. The Bulldogs limited Indiana State to just six field goals in the second half and just 33% shooting for the game. The Sycamores, who set an NCAA record by hitting 12 of 12 three-point field goals earlier this year, managed just six long-range shots against the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs' 75 points against Indiana State were Butler's most in a Division I win this season.
LEAD CHANGE: Junior Andrew Smith tallied a team-high 12 points against Indiana State and became the third different player in the past three games to lead the Bulldogs in scoring. Butler has not had the same player lead the team in scoring in consecutive games since early January, when Smith topped the Bulldogs at home against both Youngstown State and Cleveland State. The Bulldogs have had nine different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season. Smith has finished on top most often, leading the Bulldogs in scoring in ten different games.
BALANCE SHEET: Butler had five players score in double-figures against Indiana State. Junior Andrew Smith led the way with 12 points, while sophomores Erik Fromm and Chrishawn Hopkins and freshman Roosevelt Jones each added 11. Sophomore Kyle Marshall came off the bench with 10 points. It was just the second time this season and the first time against a Division I foe that the Bulldogs had five players hit for double-figures in the same game. Butler has had 10 different players record a double-figures scoring performance this season.
HELPING HAND: Senior Ronald Nored (right) recorded a career-high 10 assists to help lead the Bulldogs past Indiana State. He finished just two assists shy of the entire team total for the Sycamores. The 6-0 point-guard became just the ninth player in Butler basketball history to record 10 assists in a game and just the fifth player in the Horizon League this season to reach that total. He boosted his career total for assists to 452, five shy of Jeff Rogers (1994-98) in third place on Butler's all-time assist chart. Earlier this year, Nored became just the second player in Butler basketball history (5-9 point-guard Thomas Jackson, 1998-2002, is the other) to record 400 career points, 400 career rebounds and 400 career assists.
Ronald Nored has had career-highs for points (18), rebounds (11) and assists (10) since Dec. 18.
DOUBLE TIME: Freshman Roosevelt Jones matched his career-high and led all players with 12 rebounds in Butler's BracketBuster victory over Indiana State. He also chipped in with 11 points in the win. It was the third career double-double for the first-year player, and it placed his name in the Butler record book. Jones matched teammate Kameron Woods and former Bulldog Gordon Hayward for the most double-doubles by a Butler freshman.
Roosevelt Jones has averaged 7.8 rebounds over Butler's last four games.
BOARDING ROOM: The Bulldogs finished with a commanding 43-28 rebounding advantage over Indiana State, including an 11-5 edge in offensive rebounds. That effort helped the home team to an 11-1 advantage in second-chance points. Butler leads the Horizon League in team rebounding margin (+3.4), defensive rebounding percentage (.723), and rebounding offense (35.8). The Bulldogs have had a rebounding advantage in five of the past six games with one contest ending in a rebounding tie. Butler is 13-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.
GOING DEEP: Butler connected on eight of 20 three-point field goal attempts against Indiana State. That was Butler's highest total for three-pointers since Jan. 13, when the Bulldogs hit 10 against Cleveland State. Junior Chase Stigall led the way with three long-range field goals, while sophomore Chrishawn Hopkins added a pair.
•Senior Ronald Nored has climbed into fifth place on Butler's single season assist chart with 148 assists this year. Jeff Rogers stands fourth on the list with 162 assists in 1996-97.
•Ronald Nored has averaged 7.3 assists during Butler's current four-game winning streak.
•Ronald Nored stands second on Butler's all-time list for steals (195), 12 behind career-leader Thomas Jackson (207 from 1998-2002).
•Ronald Nored ranks third in the Horizon League in steals (1.9).
•Ronald Nored ranks second in the Horizon League in assists (5.1) and in assist/turnover ratio (1.8). Nored had 19 assists and seven turnovers in Butler's two games last week.
•Ronald Nored has averaged 6.0 rebounds during Butler's current win streak. Only freshman Roosevelt Jones (7.8) has averaged more rebounds over the past four games.
•Junior Andrew Smith has shot .578 from the field, .458 from beyond the three-point arc and averaged 12.4 points in Butler's 17 wins this season.
•Andrew Smith is averaging a team-best 11.8 points at home this season. He's shooting .527 from the field and .726 from the free throw line in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
•Sophomore Khyle Marshall continues to lead the Bulldogs in field goal shooting (.556). He's fifth in the Horizon League.
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in three straight games since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for two games. Marshall was injured in a practice collision with teammate Ronald Nored prior to Butler's home game against Detroit.
•Khyle Marshall had a game-high 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, in Butler's win at UIC in January.
•Sophomore Erik Fromm has scored in double-figures in five of Butler's last seven games.
•Sophomore Chrishawn Hopkins has averaged 11.8 points and shot 50% from three three-point arc during Butler's current four-game winning streak.
•Freshman Roosevelt Jones has scored in double-figures in five of Butler's last seven games. He's averaged 11.6 points over that stretch.
•Roosevelt Jones leads the Bulldogs and ranks seventh in the Horizon League in rebounding (6.3).
•Butler head coach Brad Stevens moved into a tie with former Loyola coach Gene Sullivan (1980-89) for sixth place on the Horizon League's all-time list for league victories. Both coaches have 72 Horizon League victories.