January 10, 2014

Butler Hosts Georgetown For The First Time

BUTLER (10-5, 0-3 BIG EAST) vs. GEORGETOWN (10-4, 2-1 BIG EAST)
Saturday, January 11, 7 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Radio:  107.5 FM
Television:  Fox Sports 1

Game Notes

FIRST VISIT:  Butler will try for the fourth time to pick up its first BIG EAST win when it hosts Georgetown on Saturday, Jan. 11.  The game at Hinkle Fieldhouse will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 and will start at 7 p.m.  Georgetown will be making its first-ever appearance on Butler's homecourt and will be meeting the Bulldogs for just the second time ever.  The two teams met in the 2009 Jimmy V. Classic at Madison Square Garden, and Georgetown prevailed, 72-65.  The Hoyas (10-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) suffered their first conference setback on Wednesday (Jan. 8) at Providence, 70-52.  Butler (10-5, 0-3 BE), closing out a brief two-game homestand, is looking to snap a three-game skid for the first time since the 2011-12 season.  The Bulldogs were stung for the third straight time in the BIG EAST on Thursday (Jan. 9) when DePaul, making its first visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse in more than three decades, overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half and pulled out a 99-94 decision in double-overtime.  It was the largest lead surrendered by the Bulldogs this season.  Following the Georgetown game, Butler will travel to league co-leader Creighton for a game on Tuesday, Jan. 14.                          

Butler has not lost four straight games since 2004-05.          

HOME WORK:  The loss to DePaul gave Butler back-to-back home setbacks for the first time since December of 2011.  Butler is one of just 22 NCAA Division I teams from the six highest-rated conferences that have won at least 85% of their home games over the past five years.  The Bulldogs, 6-2 at home this season, have won at least 10 home games in each of the past 18 seasons, including 14 (of 16) a year ago.

Butler is 232-36 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.

HOT FINISH:  Visiting DePaul used an 11-0 run in the final 3:45 to send the game into overtime and then captured the come-from-behind victory over Butler on the strength of 72.7% shooting in the two overtime periods.  Senior Khyle Marshall gave the Bulldogs a 73-62 lead with 3:46 play, before DePaul rallied to tie the game at 73-73.  Butler had to come from six points down in the first overtime, before forcing a second extra period on a shot at the buzzer by junior Jackson Aldridge.  DePaul made its first two shots in the second overtime period to grab a five-point lead and then held on for the win.  The Blue Demons hit eight of 11 field goal attempts in the two overtime sessions.  
 
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS:  The Bulldogs' game with DePaul was the seventh Butler contest decided by five points or less or in overtime this season.  Two of Butler's three BIG EAST games have been decided in overtime, including one in double-overtime.The Bulldogs have already played more overtime periods in 2013-14 than they did in the two previous seasons combined!  Butler is 1-3 in overtime games this season and 2-4 in games decided by five points or less.
LATE CHARGE:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham turned in the second-best scoring performance of his young career with 30 points against DePaul, and he did it after going 0-7 from the field and scoring just two points in the first half!  Dunham tallied 16 points in the final 20 minutes, and then he notched 12 of Butler's 21 points in the two overtime periods.  He hit nine of 18 shots after intermission, including six of 11 from beyond the three-point arc.  The 6-6 forward has scored in double-figures in eight of his last nine games and in 12 total contests this season.  The former Indiana High School scoring champ has posted five of his top six career scoring performances in Butler's last 11 games, including a career-high 32 points against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida.  Dunham owns seven of Butler's top 10 single game scoring performances this season.

Kellen Dunham has moved into third place in the BIG EAST in scoring (18.7 ppg).

DOUBLE STRENGTH:  Butler's chances against DePaul took a severe blow when 6-9 junior Kameron Woods fouled out in the first overtime period.  Woods had a career-night against the Blue Demons, finishing with his fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.  He matched his career scoring-high with 17 points, and he led all players in the game with a career-high 14 rebounds.  It was the fifth time in six games that the third-year forward topped the Bulldogs in rebounds and the 12th time he's led the team this season.  Woods has had at least seven rebounds in six straight games and in 14 of 15 contests this year.  He's had 10 or more rebounds eight times in 2013-14.

Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.7 ppg).
 
SCORING CLIMB:  Senior Khyle Marshall scored 11 of his 15 points against DePaul in the first half, helping the Bulldogs to a 35-32 halftime lead.  His 15 total points boosted his career scoring total to 1,147 points and moved him into a tie with former teammate Andrew Smith (2009-13) for 25th place on Butler's all-time scoring list. He trails Chris Miskel, 1992-96, in the No. 24 position by 23 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 545 career rebounds, three shy of Dave Sanders, 1962-65, in the No 20 position.

Khyle Marshall is the 15th Butler player all-time with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
 
FRESH ENERGY:  Butler's effort against DePaul was sparked by freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz, who came off the bench with a career-high 10 points and five rebounds.  The first-year player hit three of six shots from the floor and four of five from the free throw line, and he added a career-best two assists and a steal in a career-high 29 minutes.  Chrabascz has come off the bench with 26 points and 13 rebounds in his last three games. The 6-7 forward combined with freshmen Elijah Brown (4) and Rene Castro (2) and junior Jackson Aldridge (3) to give Butler a 19-10 advantage in bench scoring in the contest.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall has started 56 of Butler's last 57 games.  He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.  Marshall has 73 career starts at Butler.

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.548).

•Kyle Marshall ranks sixth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.553).

•Khyle Marshall is shooting 61.6% (53-86) from the field in Butler's eight home games this season.

•Khyle Marshall is tied for 13th in the BIG EAST in rebounding (5.7).   He's fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.8).

•Khyle Marshall ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.8).

•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in eight of Butler's last nine games and in 12 total games this season.

•Butler is 40-12 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs are 24-4 in Marshall's last 28 games in twin-digits.

Erik Fromm is shooting 64.7% from the field, including 50% from three-point range, in Butler's first three BIG EAST games.

•Erik Fromm turned in his second-highest scoring performance of the season with 11 points against DePaul.

•Kameron Woods has averaged 10.8 rebounds over Butler's last six contests.  He's had at least 12 rebounds in four of those contests.

•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (7.3).  He ranks seventh in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.4).  

•Kameron Woods, who hit seven of eight shots against DePaul, stands fifth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.568).

•Kameron Woods is shooting 70.5% (31-44) in eight games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

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

Alex Barlow is second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.1).
 
•Alex Barlow ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.4).  Barlow has 48 assists and 21 turnovers in 15 games.

•Alex Barlow stands 11th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.2).

•Kellen Dunham had career-highs for field goals (9), field goal attempts (25), three-point field goals (6), three-point attempts (14) and blocked shots (2) against DePaul.

•Kellen Dunham stands third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (3.0).

•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in his last 16 games and in 42 career games.

•Butler is 31-11 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.

•Kellen Dunham ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal shooting (.425).

•Kellen Dunham stands second in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.5).  Dunham played a career-high 47 minutes against DePaul.

•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting 72.7 % (8-11) from the field and 90.9% (10-11) from the free throw line against BIG EAST opponents.

•Thursday's loss to DePaul was Butler's first double-overtime setback since 2006.

•Hinkle Fieldhouse was selected #42 on the "Top 100 Stadium Experiences" named by Stadium Journey.com.  The Bulldogs' homecourt was tabbed #6 among college basketball arenas.  Athlon Sports tabbed Hinkle Fieldhouse third among best college basketball venues in America.