Butler Faces BIG EAST Preseason Pick Marquette
BUTLER (10-7, 0-5 BE) vs. MARQUETTE (10-7, 2-2 BE)
Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM
REGARDED VISITOR: Butler, having already played the top four teams in the current BIG EAST standings, will host the league's preseason favorite when Marquette visits Indianapolis on Saturday (Jan. 18). The two conference foes will meet at 2 p.m. (ET) in Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Marquette, which shared the BIG EAST regular season title a year ago, was picked first in this year's league coaches' preseason poll, receiving five of nine possible first place votes. The Golden Eagles (10-7) have split their first four conference games, including a 67-66 victory over Seton Hall in their last outing on Jan. 11. Butler (10-7, 0-5 BE) continues to seek its first BIG EAST victory in its first season in the conference. The Bulldogs fell at league-leading Creighton, 88-60, on Tuesday (Jan. 14). The outcome left Butler at 0-5 in conference play for the first time since 1989-90, when the Bulldogs were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. Following the Marquette game, Butler will be back on the road for a BIG EAST contest at Providence on Jan. 21.
Marquette is visiting Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time since 1991.
FAMILIAR FOE: Butler and Marquette, conference opponents for two seasons in the former Midwestern Collegiate Conference, hadn't met on the basketball court for more than two decades, prior to last season. That changed with a pair of memorable encounters in 2012-13. Butler defeated the Golden Eagles, 72-71, on a long, three-point field goal by Rotnei Clarke at the buzzer in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Four months later, the two met again in the third round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, and Marquette escaped with a 74-72 decision when the Bulldogs missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
STAY SEATED: Butler's last three games in Hinkle Fieldhouse have been decided in overtime, including one in double-overtime! Overall, four of Butler's nine home games this season have gone into overtime. The Bulldogs already have played in five total overtime games in 2013-14 and six total overtime periods. Butler won its first overtime contest this season against Vanderbilt, but since the Bulldogs have dropped four straight. The last time Butler played as many overtime games was in 2005-06
Butler played in a school-record seven overtime games in 1996-97.
HOUSE PLAY: Butler's overtime loss to Georgetown on Jan. 11 gave the Bulldogs three straight setbacks in Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time 1990. The Bulldogs dropped five consecutive home games in the 1989-90 campaign. 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 have won at least 10 home games in each of the past 18 seasons.
Butler is 232-37 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.
LAST OUTING: Nationally-ranked Creighton used a red-hot shooting performance to hand Butler it's largest margin of defeat this season. The Blue Jays, ranked 20th in the A.P. poll and 19th in the USA Today Poll, shot 68% in the first half and went on a 32-6 scoring run in the final nine-and-a-half minutes of the opening period to pull away from the Bulldogs, who were playing their third game in six days. Creighton hit 12 of 16 (75%) shots in the decisive run to end the first half, turning a 21-18 lead into a 53-24 halftime advantage. Butler actually out-scored the league-leading Blue Jays in the second half, but the outcome had already been settled. Creighton shot 55.6% for the game, the second-best shooting performance by a Butler opponent this year.
SCORING LEADER: Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs in scoring for the third straight game and for the fourth time in five BIG EAST contests with 12 points at Creighton. The 6-6 forward has scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 11 games and in 14 total contests this season. He's posted seven of his top eight career scoring performances in Butler's last 13 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, and he's the first Butler player to record five games of 25 or more points since Shelvin Mack (now with the Atlanta Hawks) did it in 2010-11. He's been Butler's leading scorer in 10 different contests this season.
Kellen Dunham ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring (18.4 ppg).
CHART CLIMBING: Senior Khyle Marshall posted 11 points and six rebounds at Creighton and continued his climb on Butler's all-time scoring and rebounding lists. The 6-6 forward boosted his career scoring total to 1,176 points, moving him into 24th place on Butler's all-time scoring list, and he increased his total for career rebounds to 555, good for 17th place all-time. He trails Tim McRoberts, 1980-84, in the No. 23 position on the all-time scoring list by 32 points, and he's nine rebounds behind Tom Bowman, 1960-63, in the No. 16 spot on Butler's all-time rebounding chart. A total of 35 players in Butler basketball history have scored 1,000 career points, while 24 players have grabbed 500 career rebounds.
Khyle Marshall is the 15th Butler player all-time with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
BOARD POSITION: Junior Kameron Woods was held scoreless for the first time this season at Creighton, but he continued his strong rebounding performance. Woods led all players in the game with 10 rebounds, including a game-high eight defensive rebounds. It was the seventh time in eight games that the 6-9 forward has led the Bulldogs in rebounding and the 14th time he's topped the squad this year. Woods has had 10 or more rebounds in ten different games in 2013-14, including six of Butler's last eight games.
Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.7 ppg).
•Khyle Marshall has started 58 of Butler's last 59 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 75 career starts at Butler.
•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.547).
•Kyle Marshall ranks fifth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.547).
•Khyle Marshall ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in rebounding (5.6). He's third in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.9).
•Khyle Marshall is ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.6).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in 10 of Butler's last 11 games and in 14 total games this season.
•Butler is 40-14 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures. The Bulldogs are 24-6 in Marshall's last 30 games in twin-digits.
•Khyle Marshall posted game-high totals of 24 points and nine rebounds against Marquette at the Maui Invitational last year.
•Erik Fromm matched his career-high with 11 field goal attempts at Creighton.
•Kameron Woods has averaged 10.6 rebounds over Butler's last eight contests. He's had at least 12 rebounds in four of those games.
•Kameron Woods has had at least seven rebounds in eight straight games and in 16 of 17 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 is ranked 20th in Division I in rebounds per game (9.7) and 21st in total rebounds.
•Kameron Woods is tied for 10th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.1).
•Kameron Woods has not scored a field goal in Butler's last two games.
•Alex Barlow is second in the BIG EAST in steals (1.9).
•Alex Barlow ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.7). Barlow has 56 assists and 21 turnovers in 17 games.
•Alex Barlow stands 11th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.3).
•Alex Barlow matched his career-high with six assists at Creighton.
•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 18 games and in 44 career games.
•Butler is 31-13 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a 3-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 (36.5). Dunham played a career-high 47 minutes against DePaul and 45 minutes against Georgetown in Butler's last two home games.
•Kellen Dunham is averaging 20.1 points in Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. He's averaging 24.3 points against BIG EAST foes on Butler's homecourt.
•Kellen Dunham scored just four points in each of Butler's two games against Marquette last year.
•Andrew Chrabascz matched his career-high with two assists against Creighton.
•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting 77.8% (14-18) from the field and 85.7% (18-21) from the free throw line against BIG EAST opponents.
•Butler had a season-low three turnovers at Creighton. The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in fewest turnovers per game (10.1).