Bulldogs Face Nationally-Ranked Creighton
BUTLER (12-12, 2-10 BIG EAST) vs. CREIGHTON (19-4, 9-2 BIG EAST)
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Doug Gotlieb, Lauren Gardner)
Radio: Westwood One (Scott Graham, Donny Marshall)
1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)
QUICK TURNAROUND: Less than 48 hours after facing one of the top teams in the BIG EAST, Butler will host one of the top teams in the nation when #17/18 Creighton visits Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Thursday, Feb. 13, contest. The game against the nationally-ranked Blue Jays is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The Bulldogs (12-12, 2-10 BIG EAST) are trying to snap a three-game skid and pick up their first win at home since Jan. 18. But to do that, they'll have to overcome a squad that has won 14 of its last 16 games and sits one-half game out of first place in the BIG EAST. Creighton (19-4, 9-2 BIG EAST), boasting conference preseason Player of the Year Doug McDermott, defeated the Bulldogs, 88-60, in the first meeting between the two schools in Omaha, Neb., last month. Butler is returning to action after just one day of preparation. The Bulldogs dropped a 64-50 decision to BIG EAST contender Xavier on Tuesday night. Next up for Butler is a trip to New York and Madison Square Garden for a game with St. John's on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Creighton is playing in Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time since 1974.
HOME WORK: Butler's loss to Xavier was second straight home setback for the Bulldogs and the fifth overall this season in Hinkle Fieldhouse, all to BIG EAST foes. The Bulldogs need one more homecourt victory to clinch a winning record at home 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 233-39 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.
TOP 25: Creighton is the second "Top 25" team to visit Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. The Bulldogs dropped a narrow, 76-73 overtime decision to #11 Villanova to begin the BIG EAST season on New Year's Eve. Butler's last victory over a team ranked in the "Top 25" at Hinkle Fieldhouse came a year ago when the Bulldogs hosted #8 Gonzaga on ESPN's College GameDay. Forward Roosevelt Jones (currently sidelined with injury) came up with a steal at mid-court in the closing seconds of the game and hit a short floater at the buzzer to give Butler a 64-63 win. Butler is 2-3 at Hinkle Fieldhouse against teams ranked in the "Top 25" since 2009-10.
DECISIVE RUN: Visiting Xavier scored the final five points of the first half to grab a 31-22 halftime lead and then opened the second half with a 17-2 run to take command of the game at Butler. Guard Semaj Christon led the onslaught with nine points in the nine-minute stretch midway through the game, including a free throw that gave Xavier a 24-point lead with just over 12 minutes remaining. Butler was able to trim ten points off that lead, but could never get the Xavier advantage under double-digits the rest of the way.
FRIGID NIGHT: Butler matched the sub-zero temperatures outside with an icy shooting performance against Xavier inside of Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs hit just 18 of 53 (34%) shots in the game, including just seven of 25 (28%) attempts from beyond the three-point arc. It was Butler's third coldest shooting night of the season, trailing the team's 33.3% effort in an overtime loss to Georgetown and the 33.8% performance in an overtime loss to LSU.
Butler is shooting 46% at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
SEASON LOW: Sophomore Kellen Dunham, Butler's leading scorer on the season, was limited to just two points on one of ten shooting from the field against Xavier. It was only the fifth time this season that he failed to score at least 10 points, and it matched the second-lowest output of his Butler career. Dunham had averaged 20.8 points in his previous five games in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Kellen Dunham is tied for sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.8 ppg).
BENCH SUPPORT: Freshman Elijah Brown came off the bench and led the Bulldogs with 14 points against Xavier. He hit four of nine shots from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers, and four of four from the free throw line. It was the second time this season that Butler was led in scoring by a non-starter. Brown also topped the Bulldogs with 15 points in a reserve role against #5 Oklahoma State. The 6-4 guard out of Los Angeles has scored in double-figures in three of Butler's last four games.
TWENTY SOMETHING: Andrew Chrabascz became the third Butler player to score 20 or more points in a game this season when he tallied 24 points at Georgetown. 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.
CAREER CLIMB: Senior Khyle Marshall, who had six points and three rebounds against Xavier, enters the Creighton game ranked among the "Top 20" players all-time at Butler in both scoring and rebounding. The 6-6 forward ranks 20th in all-time scoring with 1,267 career points. He also stands 15th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 577 career rebounds. Marshall is one of 15 players in Butler basketball history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
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 led the Bulldogs with six rebounds against Xavier, has moved into a tie for 17th place on the all-time list with 564 career caroms. He's tied with Tom Bowman, 1960-63, two rebounds behind Dave Bennett, 1968-71, in the No. 16 spot.
•Khyle Marshall has started 65 of Butler's last 66 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 82 career starts at Butler.
•Khyle Marshall is tied with Rodney Haywood, 1987-90, for seventh on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.543).
•Kyle Marshall is second in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.534).
•Khyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.5).
•Khyle Marshall stands 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring (14.9).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in 16 of the past 18 contests.
•Butler is 42-18 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.
•Khyle Marshall had 11 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes against Creighton last month.
•Kameron Woods continues to lead the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.0 rpg).
•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST defensive rebounds (6.9). He's tied for 14th in offensive rebounds (2.0).
•Kameron Woods has averaged 9.7 rebounds against BIG EAST foes at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
•Kameron Woods had a game-high ten rebounds against Creighton last month.
•Kameron Woods is tied for tenth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.0).
•Kameron Woods is shooting .578 from the field at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
•Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in 21 of Butler's 24 games. He ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (1.8).
•Alex Barlow ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.6). He's 11th in the conference in assists (3.3).
•Alex Barlow matched his career-high with six assists at Creighton last month.
•Alex Barlow had 11 points against Xavier. It was his first double-figures scoring peformance since Dec. 21.
•Kellen Dunham ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.5).
•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in 24 of his last 25 games and in 50 career games. He had a streak of 24 straight contests with a three-point field goal snapped in the game against Xavier.
•Kellen Dunham ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.365).
•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 (36.4). He's played at least 40 minutes in seven contests this season, including four of the last 10.
•Kellen Dunham became the 13th Butler sophomore to score 400 points in a season in Butler's game at Georgetown. He currently stands 12th on Butler's sophomore scoring list with 403 points this season.
•Andrew Chrabascz played 15 minutes and scored six points in Butler's game at Creighton last month.
•Andrew Chrabascz has averaged 13.0 points in four games as a Butler starter.
•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting .577 against BIG EAST foes at home.
•Elijah Brown had eight points off the bench against Creighton last month.