January 20, 2014

Bulldogs Make First Visit To Providence

BUTLER (11-7, 1-5 BE) vs. PROVIDENCE (13-5, 3-2 BE)
Tuesday, January 21, 9 p.m. (ET)
Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, R.I.
Television:  Fox Sports 1
Radio:  1070 AM/107.5 FM

Game Notes

NEW TERRITORY:  Butler will play a men's basketball game in the state of Rhode Island for the first time when it visits Providence on Tuesday (Jan. 21).  The BIG EAST game is scheduled for 9 p.m. (ET) at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.  The Bulldogs and Friars have never met as basketball opponents.  In fact, Butler had never played a team from the "Ocean State" until last season, when the Bulldogs hosted Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 Conference contest.  Providence (13-5, 3-2 BE) is coming off its biggest win of the season, an 81-68 victory over previous BIG EAST co-leader Creighton on Saturday (Jan. 18).  The Friars shot 51% from the field and committed only five turnovers, while handing Creighton its first BIG EAST loss.  The victory was the third straight for the Friars, the second-longest active winning streak in the BIG EAST.  Butler (11-7, 1-5 BE) snapped a five-game losing streak and picked up its first BIG EAST win with a 69-57 overtime victory at home against Marquette on Saturday.  The five-game skid was Butler's longest since 2003-04.  The trip to Rhode Island will be a quick one for the Bulldogs.  Butler will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. (ET).                                     

Butler will play four of its next five games on the road.

LAST OUTING:  Butler rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half and then rode a hot hand in overtime to record its victory over visiting Marquette.  Trailing 40-28 with 16 minutes remaining, the Bulldogs reeled off a 21-5 scoring run to take a four-point lead with 1:30 remaining.  But the Golden Eagles answered with four straight points, including a pair of free throws with 0:05 left, and Butler missed a final three-point attempt, sending the game into an extra period.  Junior Kameron Woods gave Butler the lead with a jump shot 24 seconds into the overtime period, and the Bulldogs went on to out-score Marquette, 20-8.  Butler hit four of five shots from the floor and 11 of 15 from the free throw line in the extra period.

Nine Butler games have been decided by five points or less or in overtime.

DEFENSIVE STAND:  Butler's comeback against Marquette was fueled by a strong defensive effort.  The Bulldogs limited Marquette to just two field goals in the final 16 minutes of regulation play and just five total field goals on 27 attempts (18.5%) in the second half.

BONUS PLAY:  The Bulldogs' game against Marquette was the sixth Butler contest decided in overtime this season, including one in double-overtime!  Four of those six extra session games have come since the Bulldogs began BIG EAST play on New Year's Eve.  Butler won its first overtime contest this season against Vanderbilt, but then dropped four straight prior to the Marquette win.  Overtime games are nothing new for Butler head coach Brandon Miller.  In three seasons as a player for the Bulldogs, 2000-03, Miller played in seven overtime games, including a pair of double-overtime contests!  Providence stands second among BIG EAST teams in overtime games this season with four, including a pair of double-overtime contests.   

Butler played in a school-record seven overtime games in 1996-97.

DOUBLE UP:  There were plenty of clutch performances for the Bulldogs in their initial BIG EAST win, and one of the biggest was turned in by junior Kameron Woods.  The 6-9 forward recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the ninth of his career with 16 points and 14 rebounds against the Golden Eagles.  The 16 points were the second-highest total of his career, while the 14 rebounds matched his career-high set earlier this season against DePaul.  Woods was particularly prominent in the overtime period with nine points (Marquette scored eight) and six rebounds.  It was the eighth time in nine games that Woods has led the Bulldogs in rebounding and the 15th time overall that he's topped the squad.  He's grabbed at least 10 rebounds in four straight games and in 11 contests on the year.
 
LEAD 'DOGS:  Senior Khyle Marshall and sophomore Kellen Dunham (left) shared Butler's scoring lead against Marquette with 18 points apiece.  It was the fifth time in six BIG EAST contests and the 11th time overall this season that Dunham has had at least a share of Butler's scoring lead.  He's been Butler's scoring leader 16 times in his young career.  Dunham tallied 13 of his points after halftime, including five in the overtime period.  Marshall, who scored 10 of his points in the first half, finished with at least a share of Butler's scoring lead for the sixth time this season and for the 13th time in his career.  He's reached double-figures in scoring in 11 of Butler's last 12 games.  

SCORING RUN:  Kellen Dunham has scored in double-figures in 11 of his last 12 games and in 15 total contests this season.  He's posted seven of his top eight career scoring performances in Butler's last 14 games, including a career-high 32 points against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida.  The 6-6 guard 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.

Kellen Dunham ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring (18.4 ppg).

CHART WATCH:  Senior Khyle Marshall boosted his career scoring total at Butler to 1,194 points with his 18-point effort against Marquette.  He ranks 24th on Butler's all-time scoring list, just 14 points behind Tim McRoberts, 1980-84, in the No. 23 position and 26 points shy of Tony Warren, 1979-83, in the No 22 spot.  A total of 35 players in Butler basketball history have scored 1,000 career points.
 
500 CLUB:  Senior Khyle Marshall and junior Kameron Woods are two of just 25 players in Butler basketball history with 500 career rebounds.  Marshall stand 17th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 556 career rebounds, eight caroms shy of Tom Bowman, 1960-63, in the No. 16 spot.   Woods stands 23rd on the all-time chart with 528 career rebounds, two behind John Taylor, 1990-94, in the No. 22 position.

Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.9 rpg).

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall has started 59 of Butler's last 60 games.  He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.  Marshall has 76 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 (.546).

•Khyle Marshall is shooting .627 from the field in Butler's 11 wins; .417 in the Bulldogs' seven losses.

•Khyle Marshall ranks 15th in the BIG EAST in rebounding (5.4).   He's tied for third in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.8).

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

•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in five straight games and in 15 total games this season.

•Butler is 41-14 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs are 25-6 in Marshall's last 31 games in twin-digits.

•Khyle Marshall is averaging 17.9 points in Butler's 11 victories; 12.4 points in the Bulldogs' seven losses.

Erik Fromm hit two key three-point field goals late in the game against Marquette.  His first tied the game for the first time in the second half at 44-44.  His second gave Butler a 56-49 lead two-and-a-half minutes into the overtime period.

•Kameron Woods has averaged 11.0 rebounds over Butler's last nine contests.  He's had at least 12 rebounds in five of those games.

•Kameron Woods has had at least seven rebounds in nine straight games and in 17 of 18 contests this season.

•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (7.7).  He's tied for seventh in offensive rebounds (2.3).

•Kameron Woods, who had two blocked shots against Marquette, ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.2).

•Kameron Woods had career-highs for free throws made (8) and free throws attempted (12) against Marquette.

•Kameron Woods tied his career-high for minutes played (41) against Marquette.

Alex Barlow had a game-high four steals against Marquette. He ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.1).
 
•Alex Barlow stands second in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.7).  Barlow has 60 assists and 22 turnovers in Butler's 18 games this season.

•Alex Barlow posted a game-high four assists against Marquette.  He ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.3).

•Kellen Dunham ranks 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 19 games and in 45 career games.

•Butler is 32-13 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.

•Kellen Dunham ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal shooting (.391).

•Kellen Dunham is tied for second in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.7).  He's played at least 40 minutes in six contests this season.

Andrew Chrabascz matched his career-high with two assists against Marquette.

•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting team bests of 71.4% (15-21) from the field and 82.6% (19-23) from the free throw line against BIG EAST opponents.

•Andrew Chrabascz is facing his first collegiate game in his home state.