November 14, 2013

Bulldogs Continue Homestand Against Princeton

BUTLER (1-0) vs. PRINCETON (1-0)
When:  Saturday, November 16, 8 p.m. (ET)
Where:  Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
TV:  Fox Sports 2 (U-Verse 651, DISH 398, Bright House 428/1428 HD, DirecTV 618)
Radio:  WFNI (1070 AM)

IVY VISIT:  Butler will play the second of three consecutive home games when it hosts Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 16.  The game will be the first meeting between the two teams in more than a half century and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. (ET) from Hinkle Fieldhouse.  The Bulldogs opened the season and their homestand with an 89-58 victory over Lamar on Nov. 9.  That win marked the collegiate head coaching debut of Butler's Brandon Miller, who also began his collegiate playing career in Hinkle Fieldhouse as a member of the Southwest Missouri State team in 1998.  Miller became the fourth consecutive head coach to post a victory in his Butler debut.  Princeton, coming off a 17-11 season and a runner-up finish in the Ivy League, won its season-opener at home over Florida A & M, 67-50.  The Tigers never trailed in the game and led by double-figures throughout the final 24 minutes.  Butler and Princeton are meeting for the first time since 1962, when the Bulldogs picked up a 63-58 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  

Butler is 11-0 against teams currently in the Ivy League.          

HOME RULE:  Butler has won at least 10 games in Hinkle Fieldhouse in each of the past 18 seasons.  The Bulldogs were 14-2 at home last season, with both setbacks coming in a nine-day period in February.  The Bulldogs have won 20 of their last 23 home contests.

Butler is 227-34 in Hinkle Fieldhouse over the past 18 seasons.
    
STRONG START:  Butler's players presented head coach Brandon Miller with the game ball, following the team's season-opening victory over Lamar, but there could have been a number of game balls handed out for the Bulldogs' performance.  Butler won its 15th consecutive home-opener and did it by a larger margin of victory than any of the previous 14.  The Bulldogs grabbed the lead for good late in the first half and maintained a double-digit advantage throughout most of the second half.  Thirteen different players saw action in the game and twelve of the Bulldogs cracked the scoring column.

POINT MADE:  The 89 points posted against Lamar were the most scored by a Butler team in a home-opener since 2000, when the Bulldogs handed Eastern Illinois a 90-73 defeat.  Brandon Miller, playing in his first game with the Bulldogs, scored 26 points in that win.   

GETTING OFFENSIVE:  Three games doesn't create an identity, but the Bulldogs have excelled at the offensive end of the court in their first three outings under new head coach Brandon Miller.  Through two exhibition games and the regular season opener, the Bulldogs are averaging 94.3 points per game!  The team topped the 100-point mark for the first time in more than a decade with a 101-64 victory over Nova Southeastern in the first exhibition game of the year and then came back with 93 points against DePauw in the second preseason contest.  A year ago, Butler's only 90-point performance came in a 97-73 victory over NCAA Division III foe Hanover.

INSIDE APPROACH:  Butler managed to connect on just four of 17 field goal attempts from beyond the three-point arc against Lamar, but the Bulldogs still posted a .543 overall shooting percentage for the game.  The Bulldogs shot 64.2% from inside the three-point line and out-scored Lamar, 62-22, on points in the paint.  Senior forward Khyle Marshall connected on nine of 13 (.692) shots in the win, while junior forward Kameron Woods knocked down five of six (.833) attempts.  As a team, Butler shot 58.3% in the second half of the opener.

Butler is shooting 55.9% through its first three outings under Brandon Miller.

BALL CONTROL:  The Bulldogs committed just two turnovers in the first half of the Lamar game and finished the contest with just five miscues.  That total matched the lowest of any game Butler played a year ago.  The last time Butler had fewer turnovers was in the fifth game of the 2011-12 season against Gardner-Webb.  The Bulldogs had 11 turnovers in their first exhibition game against Nova Southeastern and eight turnovers in the second preseason game against DePauw.

Butler out-scored Lamar, 20-3, on points off turnovers.

DOUBLE STRENGTH:  Senior forward Khyle Marshall led the Bulldogs against Lamar with a team-high 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.  It was his sixth career double-double, and his first since last year's Maui Invitational when he had 10 points and 11 rebounds in Butler's victory over No. 9 North Carolina.  The 13 rebounds matched the second-highest single game total of his Butler career, trailing only his career-high 16 rebounds against Ball State in 2011.  Marshall had a game-high four offensive rebounds against Lamar.

BOARDING PASS:  The Bulldogs finished with a commanding 41-27 rebounding advantage over Lamar, including a 14-4 difference in offensive rebounds.  Those offensive boards resulted in Butler out-scoring Lamar, 24-4, on second chance points.  Eight different Bulldogs had at least one offensive rebound in the game.

FUTURE 'DOGS:  It doesn't go in the record book, but Butler head coach Brandon Miller still scored a pair of victories on the first day of the NCAA fall signing period.  The Bulldogs' head coach landed a pair of prized prospects in 6-6 Kelan Martin of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard High School and 6-7 Tyler Wideman of Lake Central (Ind.) High School.  Martin averaged 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds as a junior, while helping Ballard to a state runner-up finish.  Wideman averaged 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots, while shooting 64% from the field.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Brandon Miller is the fourth consecutive Butler assistant coach to assume the top position with the Bulldogs.

•Brandon Miller had a 77-20 (79.4%) record in three seasons as a player at Butler.

•Over 14 seasons at five different universities as a player, staff member or coach, Brandon Miller has been with 12 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament.  All 14 of his teams won at least 20 games for a combined career record of 344-103.

•Khyle Marshall's 19 points against Lamar matched his second-highest scoring total of a year ago and the fifth-highest total of his Butler career.

•Khyle Marshall is shooting 69.2% (18-26) from the field in his first three games this season (2 exhibition, 1 regular season).

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.550).

•Butler is 31-9 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs were 16-1 when Marshall hit double-digits last year.

•Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm are the last remaining players from Butler's Final Four team of 2011.

•Erik Fromm scored 10 points against Lamar in the season-opener.  His last double-figures scoring performance was as a starter against Charlotte (Feb. 13) last season.

•Kameron Woods had 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 28 minutes against Lamar.

•Kameron Woods has scored in double-figures in three of his six career starts.

•Kameron Woods led the Bulldogs with two blocked shots against Lamar.  Woods was Butler's top shot-blocker a year ago with 24.

•Kameron Woods has averaged a team-best 7.3 rebounds through the first three outings this year (2 exhibition, 1 regular season).

Alex Barlow had a team-high three assists and no turnovers in 17 minutes against Lamar.

•Alex Barlow shared the team lead with two steals against Lamar.  Barlow led the Bulldogs in steals (42) last season.

Kellen Dunham, Butler's leading scorer during the preseason, scored 13 points in 28 minutes against Lamar.

•Kellen Dunham has scored in double-figures in four of his last five games in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

•Kellen Dunham tied Butler's freshman record for three-point field goals with 57 in 2012-13.  Current NBA player Shelvin Mack also hit 57 three-pointers in his freshman season (2008-09) with the Bulldogs.

•Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.8 points in seven games under head coach Brandon Miller (16.0 in four games in Australia, 19.5 in two exhibition games, 13.0 regular season).

•Kellen Dunham, who hit four of four free throw attempts against Lamar, ranked 28th in the NCAA Division I in free throw shooting (.867) in 2012-13.

•Kellen Dunham averaged 11.9 points in Hinkle Fieldhouse last season.

Jackson Aldridge came off the bench with nine points in 13 minutes against Lamar.  It was his top scoring performance since Feb. 9, 2012, when he tallied 15 points at Youngstown State.

Devontae Morgan continued his all-around play off the bench with four points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes against Lamar.  Morgan came off the bench with six points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and three steals in Butler's two exhibition games.

•Freshman Rene Castro led Butler's newcomers against Lamar with six points in nine minutes.  Castro also had a rebound and a steal in his brief stint.

Elijah Brown, who scored 18 points against DePauw in Butler's final exhibition game, had five points off the bench against Lamar.  The Butler freshman finished second on the team in scoring (14.5) in the two exhibition games.

•Elijah Brown led Butler's freshmen with 17 minutes of action against Lamar.  Newcomer Andrew Chrabascz had four points in 12 minutes in the game.

•Freshman Nolan Berry scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes of action against Lamar.