BUTLER (12-14, 2-12 BIG EAST) vs. PROVIDENCE (17-10, 7-7 BIG EAST)
Sunday, February 23, 6 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Wayne Larrivee, Donny Marshall)
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)
NEW VISITOR: Butler will face another first-time visitor when Providence comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a BIG EAST game on Sunday, Feb. 23. The second meeting this season between the two conference foes is slated for 6 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Providence is the fourth BIG EAST team to make its first appearance in Hinkle Fieldhouse this year. The Bulldogs have already hosted first-time visitors Villanova, Georgetown and St. John's, and Seton Hall will come to Butler's homecourt for the first time on March 8. Providence and Butler met for the first time as basketball foes last month in Rhode Island, and the Friars pulled out a 65-56 victory. Butler (12-14, 2-12 BE) has dropped six of seven games since that meeting, including the last five. The latest setback came at St. John's on Tuesday (Feb. 18), 77-52. The Friars (17-10, 7-7 BE) are coming off a narrow 82-79 loss in double-overtime to nationally-ranked Villanova on Tuesday. It was the third time since the start of BIG EAST play that Providence has played a double-overtime contest. Butler will have just one home game remaining (March 8 vs. Seton Hall) following the game with Providence.
The Bulldogs need one victory to clinch a winning record at home.
IN THE HOUSE: Butler is looking to snap a three-game homecourt losing skid for the second time this season and for only the third time in 24 years. Since 2000-01, the first year that current head coach Brandon Miller played for Butler, the Bulldogs have won 84% (173-32) of their home contests. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 home games in each of the past 18 seasons, and Butler has had a winning home record in 23 straight seasons.
Butler is 233-40 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Butler will pay tribute to the 1954 Milan High School state championship basketball team during the Bulldogs' game against Providence on Sunday (Feb. 23). The "Milan Miracle" took place at Hinkle Fieldhouse 60 years ago, when Bobby Plump hit the now-famous, game-winning shot that gave Milan the state title and later inspired the iconic sports movie "Hoosiers." Plump, who went on to play at Butler and scored 1,439 points in four seasons, will be among the Milan players in attendance. The Milan team members will be introduced during a timeout.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Butler and Providence have combined to play in 11 overtime games and 15 overtime periods this season. The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST with six overtime contests, including one in double-overtime, while Providence is second in the conference with five overtime games, including three in double-overtime. Butler is 2-4 in overtime games, while Providence stands 2-3. Providence has played seven additional games decided by six points (two possessions) or less, while the Bulldogs have played five.
TWO HALVES: Butler shot a crisp 48% (12-25) in the first 20 minutes at St. John's and went to the locker room at halftime with a 33-30 lead. That situation changed dramatically in the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs hit just seven of 35 (20%) shots in the second half, including just three of 16 (16.7%) from beyond the three-point arc. At the same time, St. John's, which shot just 36.7% in the opening period, knocked down 17 of 28 (60.7%) shots from the field, including three of five long-range attempts, in the final 20 minutes. The Red Storm out-scored Butler, 47-19, and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 32-10, in the second half, while pulling away to a 25-point win.
STRONG START: Senior Khyle Marshall tallied 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half at St. John's. Those figures wound up being his game totals. In the second half, Marshall missed all four shots he attempted, and he didn't have a rebound in 15 minutes of action. He still wound up leading the Bulldogs in scoring, and he shared the team rebounding lead with freshman Andrew Chrabascz. Marshall, who had just 14 points in his previous two games, has scored in double-figures in 11 of Butler's last 13 contests.
SCORING LEADER: Sophomore Kellen Dunham, Butler's leading scorer on the season, tallied 13 points in Butler's game at St. John's. It was the 12th time in the past 14 games that the 6-6 guard has scored in double-figures. Dunham has reached double-figures in scoring in 21 total games this season, and he's been the Bulldogs' leading scorer in 14 contests. He owns six of Butler's top nine single game scoring totals this season, including the top mark with 32 points against Washington State.
Kellen Dunham ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.6 ppg).
TOTAL PERFORMANCE: Junior Alex Barlow was again solid across the board in Butler's game at St. John's. The 5-11 guard finished with 11 points, two assists, no turnovers, two steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot in a game-high 39 minutes. It was the third straight game that he's scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs. Over that three-game stretch, Barlow has averaged a team-best 11.7 points, 2.7 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He has just three total turnovers in the last three games.
SHORT BENCH: Butler played the game at St. John's without starting forward Kameron Woods, who has been temporarily suspended from the team. Woods, the leading rebounder in the BIG EAST (9.1 rpg), had started Butler's first 25 games this season. No timeline has been set for his return.
CAREER LOOK: Senior Khyle Marshall enters this week's action 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 1,291 career points, trailing Ted Guzek (1954-58) in the No. 19 spot by 20 points. Marshall also stands 15th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 587 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 started 67 of Butler's last 68 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 84 career starts at Butler.
•Khyle Marshall is tied for ninth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.540).
•Kyle Marshall is third in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.525).
•Khyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.5).
•Khyle Marshall is 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring (14.7).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in 17 of the past 20 contests.
•Butler is 42-19 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.
•Kameron Woods continues to lead the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.1 rpg). He leads the conference in defensive rebounds (7.0), and he's 13th in offensive rebounds (2.1).
•Kameron Woods stands 11th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.0).
•Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in 23 of Butler's 26 games. He ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (1.8).
•Alex Barlow ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.8). He's 11th in the conference in assists (3.3).
•Alex Barlow has scored in double-figures in three consecutive games for the first time in his collegiate career. He had 11 points against Xavier, 13 against Creighton and 11 at St. John's.
•Alex Barlow is shooting .471 (8-17) from beyond the three-point arc over Butler's last three games.
•Alex Barlow ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.382).
•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 26 of his last 27 games and in 52 career games. He had a streak of 24 straight contests with a three-point field goal snapped in the game against Xavier.
•Kellen Dunham is tied for eighth in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.821). He's shooting .849 (45-53) from the line against BIG EAST opponents.
•Kellen Dunham is third in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.3). He played all 40 minutes against Providence last month.
•Kellen Dunham became the 13th Butler sophomore to score 400 points in a season in Butler's game at Georgetown (Feb. 8). He currently stands 11th on Butler's sophomore scoring list with 432 points this season, five points behind Darren Fowlkes, 1986-87, in the No. 10 position.
•Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs in rebounding (6) at Providence last month.
•Kellen Dunham is averaging 17.7 points in 13 games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
•Andrew Chrabascz had a career-high seven rebounds at St. John's.
•Andrew Chrabascz has scored in double-figures in four of his last six games, including a career-high 24 points at Georgetown.
•Andrew Chrabascz has averaged 11.0 points in six games as a starter for the Bulldogs.
•Elijah Brown made his first collegiate start at St. John's. He finished with four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
•Elijah Brown has hit 15 of 16 (.938) free throw attempts in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
•Butler is leading the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313).