Bulldogs Host Xavier In Rematch Game

Andrew Chrabascz (Photo by Brent Smith)

BUTLER (12-11, 2-9 BIG EAST) vs. XAVIER (16-7, 6-4 BIG EAST)
Tuesday, February 11, 9 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Mike Gleason, Stephen Bardo)
Radio:  1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)

Game Notes

RETURN GAME:  Butler continues its second round of BIG EAST play when it hosts long-time foe Xavier on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  The second meeting between the two conference opponents is scheduled for 9 p.m. (ET) at Hinkle Fieldhouse and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.  Xavier (16-7, 6-4 BE) won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 79-68, in Cincinnati, Ohio, back on Jan. 4.  That game was the first BIG EAST meeting between the two squads, who competed as conference foes in the Atlantic 10 Conference a year ago.  The Musketeers are coming off a  59-53 victory at home over Providence on Saturday (Feb. 8).  Butler (12-11, 2-9 BE) is returning home after three consecutive BIG EAST road games.  The Bulldogs dropped their last two contests, including a 71-63 decision at Georgetown on Saturday.  Butler will conclude its brief homestand on Thursday (Feb. 13) against  nationally-ranked Creighton.                                                     

Butler and Xavier have met as conference opponents in three different leagues over the past two decades.

HOME COURT:  Butler, which dropped its last home game to St. John's on Jan. 25, stands 7-4 at home this season.  The Bulldogs need one more homecourt victory to clinch a winning record in Hinkle Fieldhouse for the 24th consecutive year.  Since 2000-01, the first year that current head coach Brandon Miller played for Butler, the Bulldogs have won 85% (173-31) of their home contests.  The Bulldogs have won at least 10 home games in each of the past 18 seasons.

Butler is 233-38 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.

FINAL QUARTER:  Butler suffered its fifth BIG EAST road loss at Georgetown and four of those outcomes have been decided in the final 10 minutes.  The Hoyas were the latest team to dispatch Butler in the waning moments of the game.  Clinging to a four-point lead in the final two minutes of the contest, Georgetown closed out the home win by out-scoring Butler, 9-5, in the final 74 seconds.  Guard Markel Starks led the late charge with a jump shot and four free throws, and the Hoyas converted seven of eight from the charity stripe down the stretch.  Butler had cut a one-time, 11-point Georgetown lead to just four points with 1:43 remaining.

The Bulldogs have had a second half lead in five of their nine BIG EAST losses.

CAPITAL GAINS:  Freshman Andrew Chrabascz made the most of his first collegiate appearance in our nation's capital, posting a career-high 24 points, four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot against Georgetown.  The first-year forward hit nine of 13 shots from the floor, including his first collegiate three-point field goal, and five of six attempts from the free throw line.  Chrabascz scored Butler's final five points of the first half and the Bulldogs' first ten points of the second half.  He hit a pair of free throws with 15:44 left to cut Georgetown's margin to 37-35, but that's as close as Butler would get in the second half.  The 24 points by Chrabascz were the most by a Butler freshman since Feb. 21, 2009, when current Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward scored 27 points against Davidson.

Andrew Chrabascz has averaged 15.0 points as a Butler starter.    

TWENTY SOMETHING:  Andrew Chrabascz became the third Butler player to score 20 or more points in a game this season.  Sophomore Kellen Dunham leads the Bulldogs with eight 20+ scoring performances this year, while senior Khyle Marshall has reached the 20+ level four times.  The 24 points by Chrabascz is Butler's ninth-highest single game scoring performance in 2013-14.  Dunham owns six of Butler's top nine single game scoring totals this season.

DOUBLE DUTY:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham, Butler's leading scorer on the season, contributed 15 points at Georgetown.  It was his tenth double-figures scoring performance in the past 11 games and the 19th time he's hit for twin-digits this season.  The 6-6 guard also pulled down six rebounds and led the Bulldogs in rebounding for the second consecutive game and for the third time this season.  Dunham matched his career-high with seven rebounds at Marquette earlier in the week.

Kellen Dunham ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring (17.4 ppg).

LOCAL PRODUCTION:  Kellen Dunham has averaged 19.3 points in 11 games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.  The Butler guard has scored in double-figures in ten of the 11 games and topped 20 points in five of those contests.  Dunham has shot 42% from the field, including 35% from beyond the three-point arc, and 86% from the free throw line on Butler's homecourt.  He's averaging 20.8 points against BIG EAST foes in Indianapolis.

CAREER LIST:  Senior Khyle Marshall, who posted 10 points and five rebounds at Georgetown, ranks in the "Top 20" all-time at Butler in both scoring and rebounding.  The 6-6 forward ranks 20th in all-time scoring with 1,261 career points.  He trails Ted Guzek, 1954-58, in the No. 19 spot by 50 points.  The 6-6 forward stands 15th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 574 career rebounds.  Marshall is one of 15 players in Butler basketball history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in ten straight games.

500 CLUB:  Junior Kameron Woods, who became the 25th Butler player to grab 500 career rebounds earlier this season, has joined teammate Khyle Marshall in the "Top 20" on Butler's all-time rebounding list.  Woods, who had five rebounds at Georgetown, stands in sole possession of 18th place on the all-time list with 558 career caroms.  He trails Tom Bowman, 1960-63, in the No. 17 spot by six rebounds.

Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.1).

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall has started 64 of Butler's last 65 games.  He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.  Marshall has 81 career starts at Butler.

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.545).

•Kyle Marshall is second in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.541).

•Khyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.5).   

•Khyle Marshall stands tenth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.3).

•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in Butler's last ten games and in 16 of the past 17 contests.

•Butler is 42-17 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.

•Khyle Marshall had his only career double-figures scoring performance against Xavier with 14 points last month.

•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST defensive rebounds (7.0).  He's tied for 12th in offensive rebounds (2.1).

•Kameron Woods has averaged 10.4 rebounds against BIG EAST foes at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

•Kameron Woods had a team-high seven rebounds against Xavier last month.

•Kameron Woods posted 15 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots against Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse a year ago.

•Kameron Woods ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.0).

•Kameron Woods is shooting .607 from the field at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in 20 of Butler's 23 games. He ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (1.8).
 
•Alex Barlow ranks third in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.8).  He's tenth in the conference in assists (3.4).

•Alex Barlow has played at least 40 minutes in five of Butler's last eight games.

•Kellen Dunham ranks fourth 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 24 games and in 50 career games.

•Butler is 33-17 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.

•Kellen Dunham ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.377).

•Kellen Dunham stands eighth in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.826).  He's shooting .860 (43-50) from the line against BIG EAST opponents.

•Kellen Dunham is fourth in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.6).  He's played at least 40 minutes in seven contests this season, including four of the last nine.

•Kellen Dunham became the 13th Butler player to score 400 points in his sophomore season in Butler's game at Georgetown.

•Andrew Chrabascz came off the bench with a nine points at Xavier last month.

•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting .619 (13-21) from the field against BIG EAST foes in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

•Andrew Chrabascz led Butler in scoring on the recent three-game road trip with 45 points

Elijah Brown had 10 points off the bench against Xavier last month.

•Butler leads the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage defense (.311).