March 21, 2014

Bulldogs Wrap Up First BIG EAST Season

FINAL PLAY:  Butler, competing in its third conference in three years, saw its 2013-14 campaign end in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The Bulldogs dropped a 51-50 decision to Seton Hall and ended the year with a 14-17 overall record.  The season-ending loss came just four days after Butler closed the regular season at home with a 71-54 win over the same Seton Hall squad.  The Bulldogs had a couple of opportunities to take the lead in the closing seconds of the BIG EAST Tournament game, but the first ended with a turnover with 0:04 left and the second on a half-court miss at the final buzzer.  Butler, which played in the Horizon League in 2011-12 and in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012-13, opened the season with wins in 10 of its first 12 games.  That start included the Bulldogs' first 5-0 record since 2008-09.  Butler closed the regular season with back-to-back BIG EAST victories over DePaul and Seton Hall.                   
   
Butler posted 10 non-conference wins for the second straight season.

GARDEN SHOW:  Butler's season came to an end in Madison Square Garden for the first time since 1959.  It was Butler's 11th game overall in the famed New York arena and the second this season.  Madison Square Garden has been home to several special moments in Butler basketball history, including the Bulldogs' run to the championship of the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off.  Butler defeated #22 Tennessee, 56-44, at the Garden in the semifinals of that season-opening tournament and then captured the championship two days later with a 79-71 victory over #18 Gonzaga.  Butler also made its first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament against St. John's at the Garden in 1958 and then picked up its NIT win there with a 94-80 decision over Fordham a year later.  Butler's first win at Madison Square Garden came early in the 1948-49 season when the Bulldogs, behind Hall of Fame Coach Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle, defeated Long Island, led by legendary coach Clair Bee, 63-54.

Butler is 4-7 all-time in Madison Square Garden.

SCHOLAR ATHLETE:  Junior Alex Barlow received one of the top BIG EAST individual honors at a press conference in Madison Square Garden just prior to the Bulldogs' first game in the league tournament.  The 5-11 guard was named 2014 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  He was one of four individuals honored at the press conference, joining BIG EAST Player of the Year Doug McDermott of Creighton, BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Billy Garrett Jr. of DePaul and BIG EAST Coach of the Year Jay Wright of Villanova.  Barlow, a business/finance major with a 3.73 grade point average, finished the season ranked among the BIG EAST leaders in assists, steals, and assist/turnover ratio and three-point field goal shooting.

SENIOR CLASS:  Seniors Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm finished their careers as one of the "Top 10" all-time winningest classes in Butler basketball history.  The two helped the Bulldogs to 91 wins over the past four seasons, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the NCAA Division I National Championship game (2011).  The 91 wins ties LaVall Jordan (2000-01) for the ninth-highest senior class win total ever at Butler, one shy of the 2007-08 class of A. J. Graves and Drew Streicher.

SECOND SEASON:  Guard Kellen Dunham became just the fifth Butler player to score 500 points in his sophomore season during Butler's final home victory over Seton Hall.  He wound up finishing the season in fifth place on Butler's all-time sophomore scoring list with 508 points, 28 points behind current NBA player Shelvin Mack (2009-10) in the No. 4 spot.  Dunham became just the 13th Butler sophomore to score 400 points in the Bulldogs' game at Georgetown earlier in the season.

Kellen Dunham ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.4 ppg) in 2013-14.

SCORING LIST:  Senior Khyle Marshall, who scored 22 points against Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Tournament, finished his Butler career ranked among the "Top 20" players all-time on the school's career scoring list.  The 6-6 forward posted a career-best 463 points in his final season and wound up in 17th place on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,373 career points, 15 points shy of Rylan Hainje (1998-2002) in the No. 16 spot.  Marshall scored his 1,000th career point in Butler's victory over Washington State in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., his home state.

BOARDING HOUSE:  Khyle Marshall and junior Kameron Woods both climbed into the "Top 20" on Butler's all-time rebounding list during the 2013-14 campaign.  Marshall, Butler's second-leading rebounder on the season, boosted his career rebounding total to 609 and finished in 16th place on the Bulldogs' all-time rebounding list.  Woods, the Bulldogs' top rebounder in 2013-14, climbed into the No. 15 spot on the all-time list with 619 career rebounds.  He trails J. P. Brens, 1989-93, in the No. 14 position by six rebounds, and he's 56 rebounds shy of Butler's all-time "Top 10."

Kameron Woods led the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.0 ppg) in 2013-14.

LEAGUE LEADER:  Junior Alex Barlow capped his best season in a Butler uniform by leading the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio.  The former walk-on racked up a team-best 110 assists in 2013-14, while committing only 36 turnovers, a 3.1 ratio.  His mark ranked 12th in the NCAA Division I, prior to the start of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

THEFT ARTIST:  Point-guard Alex Barlow ranked second in the BIG EAST and stood among the "Top 50" players in the nation with 61 steals in 2013-14.  His total tied Tim Bowen (1990-91) for the fifth-highest single season  mark in Butler basketball history.  Barlow had three or more steals in nine different games this past season, including a career-high five thefts in Butler victories over Purdue and DePaul.  He boosted his career total to 113 steals in three seasons and moved into 11th place on Butler's all-time list for steals, five behind current NBA player Shelvin Mark, 2008-11.      

BLOCK PARTY:  Junior Kameron Woods led the Bulldogs and ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in blocked shots with 30 this past season.  He moved into a tie with current NBA player Gordon Hayward for 13th place on Butler's single season list for blocked shots.  Hayward had 30 blocked shots in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.  Woods also moved into fifth place on Butler's all-time list with 93 career blocked shots.
 
ALL-BIG EAST:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham and freshman Andrew Chrabascz became Butler's first All-BIG EAST players, when the conference announced its postseason honors.  Dunham, who ranked among the leading scorers and top three-point field goal shooters in the 10-team league, earned second team All-BIG EAST recognition.  Chrabascz, a starter in ten of Butler's final 11 games, was selected to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.

Kellen Dunham has earned All-League honors in two different conferences (Atlantic 10 Conference & BIG EAST).

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall started 72 of his last 73 games at Butler, missing only Butler's 2013 "Senior Day."  Marshall had 89 career starts in his four seasons.

•Khyle Marshall played in the third-most games (140) in Butler basketball history.  Only Ronald Nored (143, 2008-12) and Matt Howard (141, 2007-11) played in more career games.

•Khyle Marshall, who hit 10 of 15 shots in his final collegiate game, wound up in eighth place on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.542).

•Kyle Marshall ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in field goal shooting (.533) in 2013-14.

•Khyle Marshall finished third in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.5).   

•Khyle Marshall finished ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (14.9).

•Khyle Marshall scored in double-figures in 22 of his final 25 contests.

•Khyle Marshall finished as one of 15 players in Butler basketball history to score 1,000 career points and grab 500 career rebounds.

•Khyle Marshall became the first Butler player to start a conference tournament game in three different conferences.

•Erik Fromm tied Joel Cornette (1999-2003) for eighth place on Butler's all-time list for games played (128).

•Kameron Woods led the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (7.0).

•Kameron Woods ranked 12th in the NCAA Division I in defensive rebounds heading into the NCAA Tournament.

•Kameron Woods posted the 11th-highest single season rebounding total in Butler history with 270 rebounds.

•Alex Barlow ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in assists (3.5) heading into the NCAA National Tournament.
 
•Alex Barlow finished tenth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.376).  He shot 38.5% from three-point range against BIG EAST foes.

•Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in his last nine games and in 28 of Butler's 31 games in 2013-14.

•Alex Barlow was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice in 2013-14.

•Kellen Dunham averaged 17.9 points and shot 45.1% from the three-point arc in Butler's 14 victories in 2013-14.

•Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs in rebounding in five of the last 13 games in 2013-14.  He led Butler in rebounding just once in his first 54 games with the Bulldogs.

•Kellen Dunham ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goals (2.5) in 2013-14.

•Kellen Dunham hit at least one three-point field goal in 29 of Butler's 31 games.  He had a career-high seven three-pointers against Seton Hall in the final regular season game.

•Kellen Dunham tied Butler's single game record for three-point field goal shooting by hitting seven of seven three-pointers against Seton Hall.

•Kellen Dunham tied Darnell Archey (2002-03) for 13th place on Butler's single season chart for three-point field goals with 78 in 2013-14.

•Kellen Dunham finished tenth in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.803).

•Kellen Dunham wound up fourth in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.1).

•Kellen Dunham was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice in 2013-14.