Bulldogs Close Road Slate At DePaul
BUTLER (12-16, 2-14 BIG EAST) vs. DePAUL (11-19, 3-14 BIG EAST)
Thursday, March 6, 9 p.m. (ET)
Allstate Arena - Rosemont, Ill.
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Mike Gleason, Kevin O'Neill)
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)
ROAD CLOSING: Butler will close out its 2013-14 road schedule when it visits Rosemont, Ill., to face DePaul in a BIG EAST contest on Thursday, March 6. The game at Allstate Arena will start at 8 p.m. (CT, 9 p.m. in Indianapolis) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Butler will be playing at DePaul for the first time in more than three decades, and the Bulldogs are looking for their first victory over the Blue Demons in three-quarters of a century! Butler's last visit to DePaul was in 1980, and the Blue Demons were the No. 1-ranked team in the nation at the time. The Bulldogs' lone win against DePaul came in the 1938-39 season. The two teams met earlier this season at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and DePaul escaped with a 99-94 victory in double-overtime. The Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14 BIG EAST) are looking to snap a seven-game slide, including four straight road losses. The latest setback came on Feb. 26, at #8 Villanova, 67-48. DePaul (11-19, 3-14 BIG EAST), which is one game ahead of Butler in the BIG EAST standings, dropped its last outing at St. John's, 72-64, on Sunday (March 2). Butler will close out the regular season at home against Seton Hall on Saturday, March 8.
Butler is playing at Allstate Arena for the first time since 1994 (vs. Loyola, 69-60).
TOURNAMENT SEEDING: Butler and DePaul will be playing on the first night (Wednesday, March 12) of the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden, but the exact time is yet to be determined. DePaul currently owns the No. 9 seed and a 7 p.m. (ET) meeting against No. 8 seed Seton Hall. Butler enters the final week as the No. 10 seed and is slated to play at 9:30 p.m., against the No. 7 seed. But the Bulldogs and Blue Demons could flip positions, depending on the outcome of this week's games.
FRIGID EVENING: Butler matched the cold temperatures outside with icy shooting inside and the result was a 19-point setback at league-leading Villanova on Feb. 26. The Bulldogs hit just six of 23 shots (26.2%) in the first half, while falling behind by 14 points, 34-20. The marksmanship picked up slightly in the final period, but not enough to overcome the No. 8-ranked team in the nation. Butler wound up shooting a season-low 30.6% (15-49) for the game, including just 21.1% (4-19) from beyond the three-point arc.
Butler's 48 points at Villanova were a season-low.
TOP 'DOG: Sophomore Kellen Dunham was limited to just 12 points at Villanova, but he still wound up leading the Bulldogs in scoring for the third time in the past four games and for the 16th time this season. The 6-6 guard has scored in double-figures in 14 of the past 16 games and 23 total games this season. He owns seven of Butler's top 10 single game scoring totals on the year, including the top overall mark with 32 points against Washington State. Dunham recorded a 25-point performance against Providence just prior to the Villanova game.
Kellen Dunham ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.8 ppg).
SOPHOMORE RISE: Kellen Dunham continues to build on one of the most prolific sophomore seasons ever by a Butler player. He became the 13th Butler sophomore to score 400 points in the Bulldogs' game at Georgetown earlier this season, and he's continued to climb the sophomore scoring ladder since. He enters the game at DePaul in sixth place on the Bulldogs' sophomore scoring list with 469 points, six points behind Matt Howard (2008-09) in the No. 5 position. Three of the five players ranked ahead of him on the sophomore list (No. 1 Billy Shepherd, No. 2 Chad Tucker and No. 5 Matt Howard) currently reside in the "Top 10" on Butler's all-time scoring list, while the other two (No. 3 Gordon Hayward and No. 4 Shelvin Mack) are in the NBA.
THEFT RING: Junior Alex Barlow recorded one of Butler's three steals at Villanova and moved up the list on Butler's single season chart for thefts. The 5-11 point-guard has had at least one steal in 25 of Butler's 28 games this season, and he has 52 total steals on the year. He's currently tied for seventh place on Butler's single season chart with Shelvin Mack (2009-10) and Rylan Hainje (2001-02), two thefts behind A. J. Graves (2007-08) in the No. 6 spot. Barlow has come up with a steal in six consecutive games and in 15 of the last 16 Butler outings.
Alex Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (1.9 ppg).
FRESH START: When Butler played DePaul in early January, freshman Andrew Chrabascz was coming off the bench and averaging 3.3 point per game. He had 10 points and five rebounds in a reserve role against the Blue Demons, and the 6-7 forward has averaged 9.2 points in the 13 games since that Jan. 9 meeting, the third-best average on the team. Chrabascz has been in the starting lineup in Butler's last eight contests, and he's averaged 10.1 points in those games. He's scored in double-figures in five of the past eight games.
CAREER MOVE: Senior Khyle Marshall heads into the game at DePaul ranked among the "Top 20" players all-time at Butler in both scoring and rebounding. He currently stands 19th on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,323 career points, trailing Thomas Jackson (1998-2002) and Tom Bowman (1960-63) in the No. 17 spot, by 11 points. The 6-6 forward also is tied with teammate Kameron Woods for 15th place on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 592 career rebounds. Marshall is one of 15 players in Butler basketball history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
BOARD ROOM: Junior Kameron Woods, who had six rebounds in Butler's game at Villanova, stands in 16th place on Butler's single season rebounding chart with 243 rebounds. He's ten rebounds behind Marty Monserez (1973-74) in the No. 15 position, 12 behind Ken Pennington (1959-60) in the No. 14 spot and 13 boards away from Ed Schilling (1966-67) in 13th place.
Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.0 ppg).
•Khyle Marshall has started 69 of Butler's last 70 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 86 career starts at Butler.
•Khyle Marshall ranks eighth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.541).
•Kyle Marshall is fifth in the BIG EAST in field goal shooting (.527).
•Khyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.5).
•Khyle Marshall stands 12th in the BIG EAST in scoring (14.8).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in 19 of the past 22 contests.
•Khyle Marshall had 15 points in Butler's first game with DePaul this season. He scored 11 of his points in the first half.
•Khyle Marshall has shot 62.9% from the field in Butler's 12 victories this season, but just 44.9% in the Bulldogs' 16 losses.
•Kameron Woods continues to lead the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (6.9), and he's 10th in offensive rebounds (2.1).
•Kameron Woods ranks 12th in the NCAA Division I in defensive rebounds per game (6.89).
•Kameron Woods grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against DePaul in January. He matched that total in Butler's victory over Marquette nine days later.
•Kameron Woods matched his career-high with 17 points against DePaul in January. It's his highest point total this season.
•Kameron Woods stands 12th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (0.9).
•Kameron Woods has averaged 9.8 points and 9.9 rebounds in Butler's 12 wins, but just 6.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in the team's 16 losses.
•Alex Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST and 13th in the NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio (3.0). He's 11th in the conference in assists (3.5).
•Alex Barlow has scored in double-figures in three of Butler's last five games. He's averaging 9.4 points over that stretch.
•Alex Barlow ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.369).
•Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with seven rebounds at Villanova. It was the fourth time in the last 10 games that he topped the Bulldogs in rebounds and just the fifth time in his career.
•Kellen Dunham ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.5).
•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in 28 of his last 29 games and in 54 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 seventh in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.821).
•Kellen Dunham is fourth in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.3). He played a career-high 47 minutes against DePaul in January.
•Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with 30 points against DePaul on Jan. 9. It's the second-highest total of his Butler career.
•Kellen Dunham matched his career-high with six three-point field goals against DePaul in January.
•Erik Fromm hit five of seven shots and scored 11 points as a starter against DePaul in January. It's his top scoring performance in the past 18 games.
•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting a team-best 54.9% from the field in Butler's ten road games this season.