March 22, 2013

Bulldogs Meet Marquette For The Second Time

BUTLER VS. MARQUETTE
NCAA East Regional
Saturday, March 23, 7:45 p.m. (ET)
Rupp Arena - Lexington, Ky.

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Butler has advanced to the third round the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and will meet Marquette at Rupp Arena on Saturday, March 23.  The sixth-seeded Bulldogs, who won their second round game against 11th-seeded Bucknell, will meet third-seeded Marquette at approximately 7:45 p.m. (ET).  Butler (27-8) and Marquette (24-8) will be squaring off for the second time this season.  The two teams met back on Nov. 19 in the first round of the Maui Invitational, and Butler slipped by, 72-71, on a three-point field goal at the buzzer by senior Rotnei Clarke.  The Bulldogs went on to finish runner-up in the Hawaii tournament.   Thursday's victory over Bucknell was Butler's 16th in its past seven NCAA Tournament appearances.  Butler finished as national runner-up in both 2010 and 2011, and the Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 in both 2003 and 2007.  Marquette, a future conference foe for the Bulldogs, is making its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament

Butler has won its first game in six of its past seven NCAA Tournament appearances.

TOURNAMENT TESTED:  Butler's roster includes five players who have previously played in the NCAA Tournament.  Senior Andrew Smith has played in nine NCAA games, including two national championship contests, while senior Chase Stigall has played in seven.  Junior Khyle Marshall has played in six NCAA Tournament games, while senior Emerson Kampen and junior Erik Fromm each has played in one NCAA Tournament game.

SPRING SEEDING:  Butler's No. 6 seed in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship is the second-highest in school history.  The Bulldogs were a No. 5 seed in 2007 and 2010.  Butler has had a single-digit seed in each of the last six NCAA Tournaments.

TOP FIVE:  The 2012-13 Bulldogs became the 19th Butler team to record 20 victories in a season with their win at George Washington on Feb. 9.  Butler has won at least 20 games in eight consecutive seasons and in 15 of the past 17 campaigns.  This year's team is tied for fifth on Butler's single season wins chart with 27 victories.  Brad Stevens has coached four of the six Butler teams that have won 27 games.

Butler has averaged 27.7 victories in six seasons under head coach Brad Stevens.
 
BULLDOG BITS:

•Seniors Andrew Smith, Chase Stigall and Emerson Kampen have moved into third place on Butler's list for Most Senior Class Wins with a four-year record of 110-38.

•Andrew Smith stands in sixth place on Butler's all-time list for games played with 133.  He trails Willie Veasley (2006-10) in fifth place by one game.

•Andrew Smith is the seventh player in Butler basketball history to play in 10 NCAA Tournament games.  He'll tie Willie Veasley (2006-10) for sixth place on Butler's list for NCAA Tournament games played in his next tournament contest.

•Andrew Smith became the 34th Butler player to score 1,000 career points in the Bulldogs' victory over Rhode Island.  He currently stands 26th on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,130 career points, four points behind Tom Orner (1975-79) in the No. 25 position.

•Andrew Smith posted his NCAA Tournament scoring high with 14 points in Butler's victory over Bucknell.

•Andrew Smith is the most experienced of Butler's current players in terms of previous NCAA Tournament play.  Smith has scored 56 points and grabbed 57 rebounds in 10 NCAA Tournament games.

•Andrew Smith is only current collegiate basketball player who has played in two NCAA Division I national championship games.

•Andrew Smith grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds against Bucknell.  It was the highest rebounding total by a Butler player in NCAA Tournament play in Butler basketball history.

•Andrew Smith recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of his career with 14 points and 16 rebounds against Bucknell.

•Andrew Smith is tied for ninth place on Butler's all-time NCAA Tournament scoring list with 56 points.

•Senior Rotnei Clarke, playing in his first NCAA Tournament, led the Bulldogs in scoring for the sixth straight game with 17 points against Bucknell.

•Rotnei Clarke has scored in double-figures in 15 of 16 games since returning from a neck injury that sidelined him for three-and-a-half games in January.  

•Rotnei Clarke has scored in double-figures in 27 of 32 games this season, and he's had at least a share of Butler's scoring lead in 24 of those contests.

•Rotnei Clarke has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season, including a season-high 28 points at Saint Joseph's, and 23 times during his collegiate career.

•Rotnei Clarke has hit a 3-point field goal in each game that he's played this season.

•Rotnei Clarke stands third on Butler's single season list for three-point field goals with 110.  Bruce Horan (2005-06) ranks second on the single season list 113.  The Butler (and former NCAA) record for single season three-pointers is 158, set by Darrin Fitzgerald in 1986-87.

•Butler is 10-1 when Rotnei Clarke scores 20 or more points.

•Senior Chase Stigall was in the starting lineup in both of Butler's Final Four games in 2011.  Stigall scored nine points in the 2011 national championship game against Connecticut.  Stigall played in his eighth NCAA Tournament game on Thursday.

•Junior Khyle Marshall is shooting .632 over Butler's last nine games.

•Butler is 16-1 this season when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.

•Sophomore Roosevelt Jones led the Bulldogs with four assists against Bucknell.  He's had at least a share of the team lead in assists in 23 games this season, including eight of the nine contests.

•Roosevelt Jones had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists against Bucknell in his first NCAA Tournament game.

•Sophomore Kameron Woods came off the with eight rebounds against Bucknell.  It was the eighth time this year that he's had at least eight rebounds in a game.

•Kameron Woods has led Butler in rebounding in four of the last seven games.

•Sophomore Alex Barlow scored a career-high 10 points against Bucknell in his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

•Alex Barlow matched his career-high with four steals against Bucknell.

•Alex Barlow became the second former walk-on since 1997 to start an NCAA Tournament game for the Bulldogs.  Drew Streicher was the first in 2008.

•Alex Barlow hit a career-best six of six free throws against Bucknell.  

•Freshman Kellen Dunham ranks fourth in the A-10 and 24th in the NCAA Division I in free throw shooting (.874).

•Kellen Dunham ranks third among freshmen in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring (9.7).

•Kellen Dunham ranks second on Butler's all-time freshman list for three-point field goals with 56.  Butler's all-time freshman leader is current NBA player Shelvin Mack, who hit 57 three-pointers in 2008-09.

•Butler is ranked first in the Atlantic 10 Conference and tenth in the NCAA Division I in team rebounding margin (+7.7).  The Bulldogs have out-rebounded 17 of their last 20 opponents and 30 foes on the season.

•Butler matched its season-low for turnovers with five against Bucknell.  

•Butler hit a season-high 25 free throws in the win over Bucknell.  

•The Bulldogs' free throw shooting performance (.893) against Bucknell was the team's second-best of the season.  Butler hit an A-10 tournament-record 10 of 10 free throws against La Salle last week.

•Butler's 25 free throws made against Bucknell were the most by the Bulldogs in NCAA Tournament play.

•Butler's 47 points in the second half against Bucknell were the most by the Bulldogs in one half since Dec. 5, when Butler scored 52 in the first half against IUPUI.

•Butler is 61-7 under head coach Brad Stevens when hitting at least nine three-point field goals in a game.

•The Bulldogs, at full strength, have only lost to two teams (Saint Louis and VCU) since the Maui Invitational.  Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke missed Butler's game at La Salle, while second-leading scorer Andrew Smith missed the Charlotte contest.

•Butler has beaten two of the number one seeds in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. (Gonzaga and Indiana).  The Bulldogs also have victories over NCAA Tournament teams Marquette, North Carolina, Temple and La Salle.

•Butler improved to 12-4 in NCAA Tournament play under head coach Brad Stevens.  Overall, the Bulldogs improved to 19-11 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

•Brad Stevens has guided the Bulldogs to postseason play in each of his six seasons as head coach.  He also participated in postseason action while serving as Butler's Director of Basketball Operations in 2001 and as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs in 2003, 2006 and 2007.