Bulldogs Face Purdue At Crossroads Classic

Kameron Woods versus Purdue at the 2011 Crossroads Classic. (Photo by John Fetcho)

BUTLER (7-2) vs. PURDUE (8-2)
Saturday, December 14, 6 p.m. (ET)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
TV:  Big Ten Network
Radio:  1070 AM/107.5 FM

Game Notes

Head Coach Brandon Miller on the Dan Dakich Show

HOLIDAY GATHERING:  Butler will make the five-mile trek to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on Purdue in the 2013 Crossroads Classic on Saturday, Dec. 14.  The two Indiana foes will square off in the second game of the one-day basketball event at 6 p.m. (ET).  Indiana and Notre Dame will meet in the first game of this year's Classic at 3:15 p.m.  It's the third straight year that the four teams have gathered in Indianapolis for the popular basketball doubleheader, which grew out of conversations among the athletic directors at the four schools.  Butler defeated Purdue, 67-65, in the initial Crossroads Classic in 2011, and then the Bulldogs beat top-ranked Indiana, 88-86 in overtime, at last year's event.  The Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back home wins over North Dakota, 79-64, and Manchester, 100-41.  The two victories lifted Butler to 7-2 on the young season.  Purdue won it last outing over Eastern Michigan, 69-64, to improve to 8-2 on the year.  Butler and Purdue will be meeting for the 55th time as basketball opponents.  The Bulldogs have won the last three meetings between the two teams, including two straight encounters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.          

Butler has won the last six games it's played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.          

CLASSIC FINISHES:  If history is any indication, fans should plan on staying in their seats until the final buzzer of Butler's game with Purdue.  Two years ago, the Bulldogs rallied from a 15-point deficit and beat Purdue on a tip-in by center Andrew Smith with 0:01 remaining.  The excitement continued last year, when Butler overcame a four-point deficit in the final two minutes of overtime and defeated #1-ranked and previously unbeaten Indiana, 88-86, on a one-handed runner in the lane by guard Alex Barlow with 0:02 left.  The victory was Butler's first over a team ranked No. 1.

SECOND HOME: The Bulldogs will be playing in Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 11th time since the building opened as Conseco Fieldhouse in 1999 and for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.  Butler made its first visit to the downtown Indianapolis facility in December of 2001 and came away with a championship in the Hoosier Classic.  The Bulldogs also won the regional round of the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.   

Butler is 8-2 all-time in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
   
HOME SWEEP:  The Bulldogs won back-to-back home games over a three-day stretch last weekend.  Butler started the homestand with a 15-point win over North Dakota on Saturday night and then finished the sweep with its victory over Manchester 48 hours later.  The two wins boosted the Bulldogs to 6-0 in Indiana this season.  Sophomore Kellen Dunham posted his highest homecourt scoring performance with 29 points to lead Butler past North Dakota, and then he paced a balanced attack with a game-high 15 points against Manchester.  Senior Khyle Marshall chipped in with 21 points in the first win and 14 in the second.

SCORING STREAK:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham led Butler in scoring for the third straight game and for the fourth time in five games with his 15-point performance against Manchester.  The 6-6 guard from Pendleton, Ind., has posted his top two career scoring performances in the past five outings (32 vs. Washington State and 29 vs. North Dakota), and he's topped 20 points three times.  Dunham has averaged 21.0 points over Butler's last five games   

Kellen Dunham ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring (19.1 ppg).  

HOT SHOTS:  Butler shot a combined 57.8% from the field in the two home wins last weekend, including a season-best 63.3% against Manchester.  The Bulldogs connected on 38 of 60 attempts from the field against the Spartans from northern Indiana, just two days after hitting 29-56 (51.8%) attempts against North Dakota.  The shooting performance against Manchester was Butler's best since 2010, when the Bulldogs nailed 27 of 40 (67.5%) shots against Wright State.  The Bulldogs also posted their best two shooting performances of the season from three point range with a 5-12 (.417) effort against North Dakota and a 12-23 (.522) performance against Manchester.

The Bulldogs have shot better than 60% in three straight halves.  

CENTURY MARK:  Freshman Michael Volovic nailed two free throws with 1:19 remaining against Manchester to give the Bulldogs 100 points in a regular season game for the first time in more than a decade.  The last time Butler scored 100 points in a regular season contest was on Dec. 8, 2001, when the Bulldogs topped Evansville, 101-65.  Junior guard Brandon Miller scored 14 points for the Bulldogs in that 2001 victory over the Purple Aces.
   
CHART WATCH:  Senior Khyle Marshall, who became the 15th Butler player to reach both 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds during the Bulldogs' recent trip to the Old Spice Classic in Florida, currently stands in 32nd place on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,063 career points.  He trails Avery Sheets, 2002-06, in the No. 31 position on the career scoring list by 23 points.  Marshall also ranks 21st on Butler's all-time rebounding chart with 518 career rebounds.  He's 12 rebounds behind John Taylor, 1990-94, in the No. 20 spot.

Khyle Marshall has averaged 18.8 points over Butler's last seven games.

GLASS WORK:  Junior Kameron Woods, had his streak of leading Butler in rebounding snapped after seven straight games.  Woods had a season-low five rebounds in 21 minutes of action against Manchester.  Senior Erik Fromm led the Bulldogs with seven rebounds, while freshmen Nolan Berry and Andrew Chrabascz each pulled down a career-high six rebounds.  Woods had grabbed at least nine rebounds in seven consecutive games, including four games with 10 or more caroms.

Kameron Woods ranks second in the BIG EAST in rebounding (8.9 ppg).

TRAVEL PARTNERS:  Butler and Purdue haven't faced each on the court since 2011, but the two teams spent time together on the way to the recent Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The Bulldogs and Boilermakers shared a charter flight out of Indianapolis to Orlando, Fla., and then returned together on a charter flight out of Orlando to West Lafayette.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall scored his 1,000th career point against Washington State and pulled down his 500th career rebound against Oklahoma State at the Old Spice Classic.

•Khyle Marshall has started 50 of Butler's last 51 games.  He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.549).

•Kyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.560).  

•Khyle Marshall stands tenth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (6.6).   He's second in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.4).

•Butler is 37-10 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs are 21-2 in Marshall's last 23 games in twin-digits.

•Khyle Marshall hit four of six shots and scored nine points against Purdue in the 2011 meeting between the two teams.

•Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm are the last remaining players from Butler's Final Four team of 2011.  Marshall played in both Butler games at the 2011 Final Four in Houston, Texas.

•Erik Fromm had a career-high three blocked shots against Manchester.

•Erik Fromm scored nine points in 15 minutes against Purdue in 2011.

•Kameron Woods hit a Butler season-best five of five shots against Manchester.  Woods stands third in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.564).

•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (6.6).  He's tied for 11th in offensive rebounds (2.3).  

•Kameron Woods has scored in double-figures in nine of his 14 career starts, including seven of nine this season.

•Kameron Woods came off the bench with 12 points and six rebounds against Purdue two years ago.  He shared Butler's scoring lead in the win.

•Kameron Woods ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.3).

•Alex Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST lead in assist/turnover ratio (4.3).  Barlow has 30 assists and just seven turnovers in nine games.

•Alex Barlow is tied for 11th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.3).

•Alex Barlow is fourth in the BIG EAST in steals (1.9).

•Alex Barlow ranks third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.500).

•Kellen Dunham ranks second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (3.1).

•Kellen Dunham, who hit two of three long-range shots against Manchester, stands fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.475).

•Kellen Dunham has hit 20 of his last 22 free throw attempts.  He's ranks tenth in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.800).

•Butler is 28-8 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.

•Kellen Dunham stands second in the BIG EAST in minutes played (35.1).

•Freshman Andrew Chrabascz matched his career-high with six rebounds against both North Dakota and Manchester.

•Freshman Elijah Brown led Butler with a career-high four assists against Manchester.

•Freshman Nolan Berry scored a career-high eight points and grabbed a career-best six rebounds in a career-high 15 minutes against Manchester.

•Freshman Rene Castro hit five of seven shots and scored a career-high 12 points in 16 minutes of action against Manchester.

•Butler hit a season-high 12 three-point field goals in the victory over Manchester.