BUTLER (10-6, 0-4 BE) vs. #20 CREIGHTON (14-2, 4-0 BE)
Tuesday, January 14, 9 p.m. (ET)
CenturyLink Center - Omaha, Neb.
Television: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 1070 AM
TALL TASK: Butler, still looking for its first BIG EAST win, faces one of the league's toughest challenges when it visits #20 Creighton on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The game against the BIG EAST co-leader will start at 9 p.m. (ET) at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Creighton (14-2, 4-0 BE) won its league-best, ninth straight game on Sunday (Jan. 12), defeating previous BIG EAST co-leader Xavier, 95-89, at CenturyLink Center behind the 35-point performance of league preseason Play of the Year Doug McDermott. It was Creighton's 11th straight homecourt win, matching the Blue Jays' fourth-longest winning streak in their 11-year-old arena. Overall, Creighton has not lost since Dec. 1, when it dropped a 60-53 decision to George Washington at The Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, Calif. Butler (10-6, 0-4 BE) lost its fourth straight BIG EAST game and fell in overtime for the second straight outing with a 70-67 home loss to Georgetown on Saturday (Jan. 11). The four-game skid is Butler's longest since 2004-05. After the trip to Omaha, Butler's first since 1975, the Bulldogs will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host Marquette on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Creighton is the third nationally-ranked team Butler has faced this season.
EXTENDED PLAY: Three of Butler's first four BIG EAST games have been decided in overtime, including two straight. The BIG EAST record for most consecutive overtime games is three, set by Marquette in February of 2010. The Bulldogs already have played in five overtime games in 2013-14 and a total of six overtime periods. Butler won its first overtime contest this season against Vanderbilt, but since the Bulldogs have dropped four straight.
Butler played in a school-record seven overtime games in 1996-97.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: The Bulldogs' game with Georgetown was the eighth Butler contest decided by five points or less or in overtime this season. Three of Butler's four BIG EAST games have been decided by five points or less in overtime (including one in double-overtime), and the fourth conference game was a three-point contest with less than two minutes to play. The Bulldogs have already played more overtime periods in 2013-14 than they did in the two previous seasons combined! Butler is 1-4 in overtime games this season and 2-5 in games decided by five points or less.
RANKED FOES: The Bulldogs are 0-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, dropping a 69-67 decision to #5 Oklahoma State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida and falling at home, 76-73 in overtime, to #11 Villanova. Butler's last win over a "Top 25" team came in January of 2013 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, when Roosevelt Jones hit a shot at the buzzer to defeat #8 Gonzaga, 64-63. The Bulldogs were 3-2 against "Top 25" teams a year ago.
Butler's last "Top 25" road win came in December of 2008 at #14 Xavier, 74-65.
CRUNCH TIME: Georgetown guard Markel Starks hit a three-point field goal with 0:12 left in regulation to tie the game and force an overtime period against Butler, and the visiting Hoyas then took the lead for good in the extra period on a dunk by Aaron Bowen with 0:57 left. The late heroics erased a strong comeback attempt that saw the Bulldogs overcome a nine-point deficit in the final seven minutes. Junior guard Alex Barlow hit a three-point field goal to give Butler a 58-57 lead with just over two minutes remaining, and then he nailed two free throws to extend the margin to 60-57 with 25 seconds left, setting the stage for the game-tying three-pointer by Starks. It was the second straight game that Butler had a lead in the final 30 seconds of regulation play.
SCORING STREAK: Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs in scoring for the second straight game and for the third time in four BIG EAST contests. He tallied a game-high 21 points against Georgetown, including 17 in the first half. The 6-6 forward has scored in double-figures in nine of his last 10 games and in 13 total contests this season. He's posted seven of his top eight career scoring performances in Butler's last 12 games, including a career-high 32 points against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida. Dunham owns eight of Butler's top 12 single game scoring performances this season.
Kellen Dunham ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring (18.8 ppg).
BENCH MARK: Freshman Andrew Chrabascz came off the bench with a career-high 14 points and six rebounds to spark the Bulldogs against Georgetown. The 6-7 forward scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping Butler erase a nine-point deficit. He hit all four of his field goal attempts and six of eight free throw tries after halftime. Chrabascz has set a new career scoring-high in each of Butler's last three games. He's averaged 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 69.2%, over that three-game stretch.
SCORING CLIMB: Senior Khyle Marshall scored 18 points against Georgetown, boosting his career scoring total to 1,165 points and moving him into 25th place on Butler's all-time scoring list. He trails Chris Miskel, 1992-96, in the No. 24 position by five points. A total of 35 players in Butler basketball history have scored 1,000 career points. Marshall also moved into 20th place on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 549 career rebounds, two behind Rolf van Rijn, 1994-98, in the No 19 position and four shy of Tim Haseley (1981-85) and Marty Monserez (1971-74) in the No. 17 spot.
Khyle Marshall is the 15th Butler player all-time with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
BOARD CHAIR: Junior Kameron Woods continued his strong performance on the boards, leading all players in the Georgetown game with 10 rebounds. It was the sixth time in seven games that the 6-9 forward has led the Bulldogs in rebounding and the 13th time he's topped the team this year. Woods, who has had 10 or more rebounds nine times in 2013-14, leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.7).
•Khyle Marshall has started 57 of Butler's last 58 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 74 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 (.550).
•Khyle Marshall ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in rebounding (5.6). He's fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.8).
•Khyle Marshall ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.9).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in nine of Butler's last 10 games and in 13 total games this season.
•Butler is 40-13 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures. The Bulldogs are 24-5 in Marshall's last 29 games in twin-digits.
•Khyle Marshall and Creighton's Doug McDermott were teammates on the USA Team at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.
•Erik Fromm is shooting 61.9% from the field in Butler's first four BIG EAST games.
•Kameron Woods has averaged 10.7 rebounds over Butler's last seven contests. He's had at least 12 rebounds in four of those contests.
•Kameron Woods has had at least seven rebounds in seven straight games and in 15 of 16 contests this season.
•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (7.4). He ranks seventh in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.3).
•Kameron Woods stands eighth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.535).
•Kameron Woods ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.2).
•Kameron Woods matched his career-high with four assists against Georgetown.
•Alex Barlow is second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.0).
•Alex Barlow ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.4). Barlow has 50 assists and 22 turnovers in 16 games.
•Alex Barlow stands 12th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.1).
•Kellen Dunham matched his career-high with eight free throws made against Georgetown.
•Kellen Dunham has scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games for just the second time in his young career. His 51 points in the past two games is the highest back-to-back total of his career.
•Kellen Dunham is the first Butler player since Shelvin Mack (2010-11) to post five games of 25+ points in one season.
•Kellen Dunham stands third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.9).
•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in his last 17 games and in 43 career games.
•Butler is 31-12 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.
•Kellen Dunham ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal shooting (.393).
•Kellen Dunham stands second in the BIG EAST in minutes played (37.0). Dunham played a career-high 47 minutes against DePaul and 45 minutes against Georgetown.
•Andrew Chrabascz matched his career-high with six rebounds against Georgetown.
•Andrew Chrabascz had career-highs for free throws (6) and free throw attempts (8) against Georgetown.
•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting 75% (12-16) from the field and 84.2% (16-19) from the free throw line against BIG EAST opponents.