Bulldogs End Regular Season Against Seton Hall
BUTLER (13-16, 3-14 BIG EAST) vs. SETON HALL (15-15, 6-11 BIG EAST)
Saturday, March 8, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Justin Kutcher, Brevin Knight)
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)
HOME FINISH: Butler will play its final 2013-14 regular season home game and jockey for position in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament when it hosts Seton Hall on Saturday, March 8. The BIG EAST contest will start at 4:30 p.m. (ET) at Hinkle Fieldhouse and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Butler (13-16, 3-14 BIG EAST) can clinch the No. 9 seed and a re-match with Seton Hall (15-15, 6-11 BIG EAST) in the conference tournament with a victory over the Pirates on Saturday. A loss to Seton Hall, coupled with a victory by St. John's over Marquette, would make the Bulldogs the No. 10 seed. Butler and Seton Hall are meeting for the second time this season, and the Pirates are making a first-ever appearance in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs captured a come-from-behind victory, 64-57, at Seton Hall in late January in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Pirates are well-rested since their last outing, a 71-67 victory over Xavier on Monday (March 3). That win gave Seton Hall a season-sweep of the Musketeers. Butler is coming off a 79-46 victory at DePaul on Thursday (March 6). The 33-point win was Butler's biggest margin of victory against a Division I foe this season, and it snapped a seven-game losing skid for the Bulldogs.
Butler has won its final regular season home game in 18 straight seasons.
TOURNAMENT TIME: Butler will be playing on the first night (Wednesday, March 12) of the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden, with only the time to be determined. If the Bulldogs clinch the No. 9 seed, they'll face No. 8 seed Seton Hall at 7 p.m. (ET). Should the Bulldogs wind up with the No. 10 seed, they'll play at 9:30 p.m., with the opponent to be determined. The winner of the 8-9 game plays No. 1 Villanova at noon on Thursday (March 13), while the 7-10 winner faces No. 2 Creighton later that evening at 7 p.m.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Butler will honor its two senior players, Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm, prior to the game with Seton Hall. The two seniors, who have helped lead Butler to 90 victories over the past four seasons, are the last remaining members of the 2010-11 Butler team that reached the NCAA Division I National Championship game. Marshall has played in 138 games during his Butler career, while Fromm has seen action in 126 contests.
Butler's seniors are 46-17 in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
HOUSE WORK: The Bulldogs will be trying to snap a homecourt losing skid and climb above .500 in Hinkle Fieldhouse when they face Seton Hall in the regular season finale. Butler has dropped its last four home contests and enters Saturday's game with a 7-7 record on its homecourt. Since 2000-01, the first year that current head coach Brandon Miller played for Butler, the Bulldogs have won 84% (173-33) of their home contests. Butler has finished with a winning record at home in each of the past 23 seasons.
Butler is 233-41 in Hinkle Fieldhouse since the start of the 1995-96 season.
DOMINANT PERFORMANCE: Butler opened the game at DePaul on an 18-4 run and never looked back, while recording its biggest road margin of victory in seven years. The last time Butler had a wider victory margin on an opponent's homecourt was on Feb. 8, 2007, when the Bulldogs won at Cleveland State, 92-50. The game at DePaul was never close, after the Bulldogs' opening barrage. Butler had a double-digit lead for the final 33 minutes of the contest, led by 20 points at halftime (38-18) and stretched the margin to as many as 34 points midway through the final period. The 79 points were the second-most scored by the Bulldogs against a BIG EAST opponent in regulation play, while the 46 points were a season-low for the Blue Demons.
Butler has won the last 14 games it's played in Chicago.
CAREER NIGHT: Junior Alex Barlow found himself in the unusual role of leading scorer for the Bulldogs in the win at DePaul The 5-11 point-guard, who leads Butler in assists, tallied a career-high 19 points against the Blue Demons, including 13 in the first 20 minutes. He hit a career-best seven of nine shots from the floor in the game, including a career-high four of five from beyond the three-point arc. At one point early in the second half, Barlow had 18 points and DePaul, as a team, had 18 points.
SOPHOMORE RISE: Kellen Dunham only scored six points at DePaul, but he still moved into a tie with Matt Howard (2008-09) for fifth place on the Bulldogs' all-time sophomore scoring chart with 475 points. Two of the four players ranked ahead of him on the sophomore scoring list (No. 1 Billy Shepherd and No. 2 Chad Tucker) currently reside in the "Top 10" on Butler's career scoring list, while the other two (No. 3 Gordon Hayward and No. 4 Shelvin Mack) are in the NBA. Dunham became just the 13th Butler sophomore to score 400 points in the Bulldogs' game at Georgetown earlier this season.
Kellen Dunham ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.4 ppg).
CHART CLIMBING: Senior Khyle Marshall, who scored 18 points at DePaul, heads into his final regular season game ranked among the "Top 20" players all-time at Butler in both scoring and rebounding. He currently stands 17th on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,341 career points, trailing Rylan Hainje (1998-2002) in the No. 16 spot, by 47 points. The 6-6 forward also ranks 16th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 596 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 at DePaul, has moved into 15th place on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 598 career rebounds. He slipped ahead of teammate Khyle Marshall on the Bulldogs' all-time rebounding chart.
Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (8.9 ppg).
•Khyle Marshall has started 70 of Butler's last 71 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago. Marshall has 87 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 (.528).
•Khyle Marshall ranks third in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.5).
•Khyle Marshall stands 12th in the BIG EAST in scoring (14.9).
•Khyle Marshall has scored in double-figures in 20 of the past 23 contests.
•Khyle Marshall has shot 62% from the field in Butler's 13 victories this season, but just 44.9% in the Bulldogs' 16 losses.
•Khyle Marshall scored nine points in 14 minutes against Marian in his first game in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 13, 2010.
•Khyle Marshall has averaged 15.1 points in Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
•Khyle Marshall scored 26 points against Vanderbilt earlier this season for his top scoring performance in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
•Erik Fromm posted his top scoring performance in Hinkle Fieldhouse with 13 points against Charlotte last year.
•Erik Fromm scored his first collegiate points on Nov. 13, 2010 in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
•Kameron Woods continues to lead the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (6.8), and he's 10th in offensive rebounds (2.1).
•Kameron Woods ranks 15th in the NCAA Division I in defensive rebounds per game (6.75).
•Kameron Woods had 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot against Seton Hall in January.
•Kameron Woods stands 13th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (0.9).
•Alex Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST and 15th in the NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio (3.0). He's 11th in the conference in assists (3.4).
•Alex Barlow has scored in double-figures in four of Butler's last six games. He's averaging 11.0 points over that stretch.
•Alex Barlow ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.393).
•Alex Barlow matched his career-high with five steals at DePaul. Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.0).
•Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in seven consecutive games and in 26 of Butler's 29 games this season.
•Alex Barlow has moved into sixth place on Butler's single season chart for steals with 57, four behind Tim Bowen (1990-91) in the No. 5 position.
•Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with a career-high nine rebounds at DePaul. It was the fifth time in the last 11 games that he topped the Bulldogs in rebounds and just the sixth time in his career.
•Kellen Dunham ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.4).
•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in 29 of his last 30 games and in 55 career games.
•Kellen Dunham ranks tenth in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.810).
•Kellen Dunham is fourth in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.2).
•Elijah Brown matched his career-high with five rebounds at DePaul.