January 24, 2014

Butler Hosts St. John’s For The First Time

BUTLER (11-8, 1-6 BIG EAST) vs. ST. JOHN'S (11-8, 1-5 BIG EAST)
Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television:  Fox Sports Networks (FSN)
Radio:  1070 AM/107.5 FM

Game Notes

WELCOME MAT:  Butler will host another first time visitor when St. John's arrives for a BIG EAST game on Saturday (Jan. 25).  The two conference foes will square off at 4 p.m. (ET) at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Networks (FSN).  St. John's  is one of five BIG EAST teams that had never played in Hinkle Fieldhouse prior to this season.  Villanova and Georgetown have already visited the Bulldogs' homecourt, while Seton Hall and Providence will make appearances at Butler later this season.  The Red Storm (11-8, 1-5 BIG EAST) is coming to Indianapolis off a one-day turnaround.  The New York-based squad hosted Seton Hall on Thursday (Jan. 23) night and picked up its first conference win with a 77-76 decision.  Saturday's game against the Bulldogs will begin a stretch that will see St. John's play five of its next six games on the road.  Butler (11-8, 1-6 BE) is returning to action after dropping a 65-56 decision at Providence on Tuesday (Jan. 21).  That setback came three days after the Bulldogs posted their first 2014 victory and their first BIG EAST win with a 69-57 overtime decision against Marquette on Jan. 18.  Butler will begin a stretch of three consecutive conference road contests with a game at Seton Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 29.                                         

Butler is facing St. John's for the first time since March 13, 1958.

STAY POSITIVE:  Saturday (Jan. 25) has been dubbed "Stay Positive Day" at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Fans attending the Butler-St. John's game will have an opportunity to learn more about the blue "Stay Positive" wristbands worn by many of Butler's players and coaches.  The project was created by Butler student and cancer survivor Eric Day and seeks to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.  Day will be present to speak about the "Stay Positive" movement during a break in the game.

SUITS AND SNEAKERS:  Butler's coaching staff is participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend (Jan. 24-26), a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society.  Head coach Brandon Miller and his staff will join with more than 4,000 high school and college coaches across the nation and swap their dress shoes for sneakers during Saturday's game against St. John's.  The unusual game attire will be worn in a show of support for the American Cancer Society's fight to save lives from cancer.

HOUSE WORK:  Butler's overtime victory against Marquette on Jan. 18 snapped a string of three straight setbacks in Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Bulldogs' longest homecourt losing skid since 1990.  Butler, which improved to 7-3 at home this season, is one of just 22 teams from the six highest-rated NCAA Division I 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 233-37 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.

EXTENDED PLAY:  Butler's last four home games have been decided in overtime, including one in double-overtime!  Overall this season, the Bulldogs have played in six overtime contests, including five at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Butler won its first overtime game this season against Vanderbilt, but then dropped four straight prior to defeating Marquette, 69-57, a week ago.  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.

LATE SWING:  Host Providence used an 11-2 run late in the second half to take control of a close game and hand Butler its third straight BIG EAST road setback.  Leading by just three points, 50-47, with just over seven minutes remaining, the host Friars reeled off three consecutive three-point field goals and a two-pointer around a single Butler field goal to build a 61-49 advantage with 4:07 left.  The Bulldogs closed the gap to five points in the final two minutes, but Providence held on at the free throw line to secure the win.  Butler previously had lost BIG EAST games at Creighton and Xavier.
 
LEADING ROLE:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs in scoring at Providence with 17 points.  It was the fifth straight game that Dunham has had at least a share of Butler's scoring lead and the 10th time in the last 13 outings that he's topped the Bulldogs.  The 6-6 guard has been Butler's scoring leader 17 times in his young career.  Dunham scored 14 of Butler's 26 first half points against the Friars.  

SCORING RUN:  Kellen Dunham has scored in double-figures in 12 of his last 13 games and in 16 total contests this season.  He's posted seven of his top eight career scoring performances in Butler's last 15 games, including a career-high 32 points against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida.  The second-year 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 (18.3 ppg).

UPWARD CLIMB:  Senior Khyle Marshall scored 15 points at Providence and climbed another notch on Butler's all-time scoring chart.  He ranks 23rd on the Bulldogs' all-time list with 1,209 career points, just 11 points behind Tony Warren, 1979-83, in the No 22 position.  
500 CLUB:  Senior Khyle Marshall and junior Kameron Woods are two of just 25 players in Butler basketball history with 500 career rebounds.  Marshall is 17th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 558 career rebounds, six caroms shy of Tom Bowman, 1960-63, in the No. 16 spot.   Woods stands 22nd all-time with 531 career rebounds.  The last time Butler had two players with 500 rebounds on the same team was in 2009-10 (Matt Howard/Gordon Hayward).

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall has started 60 of Butler's last 61 games.  He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.  Marshall has 77 career starts at Butler.

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.547).

•Kyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.546).

•Khyle Marshall is shooting .627 from the field in Butler's 11 wins; .432 in the Bulldogs' eight losses.

•Khyle Marshall ranks third in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.7).   He's 17th overall in rebounding (5.2).

•Khyle Marshall stands ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.7).

•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in six straight games and in 16 total games this season.

•Butler is 41-15 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs are 25-7 in Marshall's last 32 games in twin-digits.

•Khyle Marshall is shooting .593 and averaging 16.0 points in Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

•Kameron Woods was held to a season-low three rebounds at Providence.  He had averaged 11.0 rebounds over Butler's previous nine contests, pulling down at least 12 rebounds in five of those games.

•Kameron Woods has had at least seven rebounds in nine of Butler's last 10 games and in 17 of 19 contests this season.

•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.6) and in defensive rebounds (7.4).  He's tied for ninth in offensive rebounds (2.2).

•Kameron Woods, who had one blocked shot at Providence, is tied for ninth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.2).

•Kameron Woods is averaging 10.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in 17 of Butler's 19 games. He ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.0).
 
•Alex Barlow stands second in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.9).  Barlow has 64 assists and 22 turnovers in Butler's 19 games this season.

•Alex Barlow posted a team-high four assists at Providence.  He ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.4).

•Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs in rebounding for the first time this season, grabbing six caroms at Providence.  He's led Butler in rebounding twice in his career.

•Kellen Dunham ranks third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.7).

•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in his last 20 games and in 46 career games.

•Butler is 32-14 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.

•Kellen Dunham tied his career-high with two steals at Providence.

•Kellen Dunham is tied for second in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.9).  He's played at least 40 minutes in seven contests this season, including at Providence.

•Kellen Dunham ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.804).

Andrew Chrabascz is shooting a team best of 75% (18-24) from the field and 80.8% (21-26) from the free throw line against BIG EAST opponents.

•Andrew Chrabascz came off the bench and hit all three shots he attempted, while scoring eight points in 13 minutes at Providence.  It was his first collegiate game in his home state of Rhode Island.