Butler Hosts DePaul To Start Brief Homestand
BUTLER (10-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) vs. DePAUL (8-8, 0-3 BIG EAST)
Thursday, January 9, 7 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM
PAST REVISITED: Butler, looking to snap a couple of streaks, will begin a brief two-game homestand when it faces DePaul on Thursday, Jan. 9. The BIG EAST game at Hinkle Fieldhouse is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Butler hasn't met DePaul in more than 30 years, and it's been nearly eight decades since the Bulldogs last defeated the Chicago foe. DePaul has won five straight meetings between the two teams, since dropping the first encounter with Butler in the 1938-39 season. The last meeting took place in Hinkle Fieldhouse late in the 1980-81 season. Butler (10-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) is seeking its first BIG EAST win. The Bulldogs dropped their conference-opener in overtime to nationally-ranked Villanova on New Year's Eve and then fell at Xavier, 79-68, last weekend. The two straight setbacks match Butler's longest losing-skid of the season. DePaul (8-8, 0-3 BE) dropped its third straight BIG EAST game with an 81-62 loss to Creighton on Tuesday (Jan. 7). Following the game with DePaul, the Bulldogs will close their homestand against Georgetown. It will be the Hoyas' first visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler has not lost back-to-back home games since December of 2011.
HOME VIEW: DePaul's visit on Thursday will mark Butler's first home game of 2014. The Bulldogs won 15 of the 18 games they played in Hinkle Fieldhouse in the 2013 calendar year, including six of seven this season. Butler has won at least 10 home games in each of the past 18 seasons, including 14 (of 16) a year ago.
Butler is 232-35 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Host Xavier used an 8-0 run in the final two minutes of the game to pull away from the Bulldogs and secure an 11-point win in the second BIG EAST Conference game for both teams. Butler trailed by just three points, 71-68, when Xavier's Semaj Christon started the run with a lay-up with just under two minutes remaining in the contest. The Musketeers scored six more points in the final 29 seconds, including four from the free throw line. A final dunk with two seconds remaining gave the Musketeers their biggest lead of the game. The Bulldogs missed five shots and committed one turnover in the final two minutes. After shooting 61% from the field and building a 42-37 lead in the first half, Butler hit just nine of 29 (31%) shots in the final 20 minutes.
STRONG START: Fueled by senior Khyle Marshall, Butler jumped to an early lead at Xavier and maintained the upper hand for most of the first half. The Bulldogs trailed only three times in the first 20 minutes and led by five points on five different occasions. Marshall, Butler's second-leading scorer on the season, hit five of seven shots and scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the opening period. That effort moved him into 27th place on Butler's all-time scoring list, just ahead of his head coach, Brandon Miller (2000-03). Marshall enters this week's action with 1,132 career points, trailing Tom Orner, 1975-79, in the No. 26 position by just two points. A total of 35 players in Butler basketball history have scored 1,000 career points. Marshall also stands 21st on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 544 career rebounds, four shy of Dave Sanders, 1962-65, in the No 20 position.
Khyle Marshall is the 15th Butler player with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
SCORING LEADER: Sophomore Kellen Dunham, coming off a 22-point performance against nationally-ranked Villanova, was limited to 11 points by Xavier's relentless defensive pressure. He had just two points in the first 20 minutes, before adding nine more in the final period. The 6-6 forward has scored in double-figures in seven of his last eight games and in 11 total games this season. A former Indiana High School scoring champ, Dunham has posted four of his top five career scoring performances in Butler's last 10 games. He tallied a career-high 32 points against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida and then returned to Hinkle Fieldhouse with 29 points against North Dakota. The second-year player notched 25 points against Purdue at the Crossroads Classic, before ending 2013 with his 22-point performance against Villanova. Dunham owns six of Butler's top nine single game scoring performances this season.
Kellen Dunham ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring (17.9 ppg).
FRESH SUPPORT: Butler picked up a spark from a pair of first-year players at Xavier. Freshman Elijah Brown came off the bench with 10 points and three assists, while freshman Andrew Chrabascz added a career-high nine points and five rebounds in a reserve role. The two helped Butler to a 21-8 advantage in bench scoring in the game. Brown turned in his best career performance with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals against Villanova in Butler's last home game. Chrabascz has come off the bench with 16 points and eight rebounds in his last two games.
BOARD CHAIRMAN: Junior Kameron Woods topped the Bulldogs and shared game-honors with seven rebounds at Xavier. It was the fourth time in five games that Woods has led the Bulldogs in rebounding and the 11th time in 14 outings this season. Woods, who ranks second in the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.4 rpg), has had at least seven rebound in five straight games and in 13 of 14 contests on the season. He's had 10 or more rebounds seven times.
Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (7.0 pg).
LONG SHOT: The Bulldogs out-scored Xavier, 18-9, from beyond the three-point arc. It was the 11th time this season that Butler has had a scoring advantage from long-range and the tenth time this season that the Bulldogs connected on at least six three-pointers. The Bulldogs rank third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.355) and second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (.294).
•Khyle Marshall has started 55 of Butler's last 56 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 72 career starts at Butler.
•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.549).
•Kyle Marshall ranks sixth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.557).
•Khyle Marshall is shooting 63.5% (47-74) from the field in Butler's seven home games this season.
•Khyle Marshall stands tenth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (6.1). He's fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.9).
•Khyle Marshall ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.9).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in seven of Butler's last eight games and in 11 total games this season.
•Butler is 40-11 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures. The Bulldogs are 24-3 in Marshall's last 27 games in twin-digits.
•Erik Fromm is shooting 60% from the field, including 50% from three-point range, in Butler's first two BIG EAST games.
•Kameron Woods has averaged 10.2 rebounds over Butler's last five contests. He had a career-high 13 rebounds in Butler's win at Evansville on Dec. 21.
•Kameron Woods ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.4).
•Kameron Woods stands eighth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.540).
•Kameron Woods is shooting 66.7% (24-36) in seven games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
•Kameron Woods, who had two blocked shots at Xavier, ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.4).
•Alex Barlow is second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.1).
•Alex Barlow ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.5). Barlow has 45 assists and 19 turnovers in 14 games.
•Alex Barlow stands 11th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.2).
•Alex Barlow ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.424).
•Kellen Dunham stands third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.8).
•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in his last 15 games and in 41 career games.
•Butler is 31-10 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.
•Kellen Dunham ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.424).
•Kellen Dunham stands third in the BIG EAST in minutes played (35.7).
•Elijah Brown is shooting 92% (11-12) from the free throw line in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
•Andrew Chrabascz is a perfect 5-5 from the field in Butler's two BIG EAST games.
•Andrew Chrabascz hit a career-high five of five free throws at Xavier.
•The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in defensive rebounding percentage (.754). Butler is ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding margin (+5.4).
•Butler is ranked third in the BIG EAST in turnover margin (+1.7). The Bulldogs also are third in the conference in fewest turnovers per game (10.8).
•Hinkle Fieldhouse was selected #42 on the list of "Top 100 Stadium Experiences" named by Stadium Journey.com. The Bulldogs' homecourt was tabbed #6 among college basketball arenas.