Butler Closes Exhibition Slate Against DePauw

Kellen Dunham (Photo by John Fetcho)

FINAL PREP:  Butler will close out its preseason schedule when it hosts DePauw in a final exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 2.  The two central Indiana squads will square off at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. (ET).  Butler made its 2013-14 debut on Tuesday (Oct. 29) with a convincing 101-64 victory over Nova Southeastern at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  First-year head coach Brandon Miller was able to utilize all 15 players on his roster, and 14 of those Bulldogs cracked the scoring column.  DePauw, under longtime head coach Bill Fenlon, will be playing its first exhibition contest of the season.  The Tigers return nine players who saw action in at least 19 games a year ago, when DePauw posted a 16-10 record.  Among the returnees is senior guard Michael Wilkison, who hit a team-high 48 three-point field goals and finished second on the squad in scoring with a 9.8 average.  Fenlon, now in his 21st season at DePauw, was the college coach of former Butler head coach and now Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.  Following the exhibition game with DePauw, the Bulldogs will have a week to prepare for the 2013-14 regular season opener against Lamar on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.      

HOT 'DOGS:  Butler shot a sizzling 61.1% against Nova Southeastern, and that was after cooling off in the second half!  The Bulldogs opened the game by hitting 18 of their first 28 shots (64.3%), while building a 55-27 halftime lead.  The torrid pace cooled slightly in the final 20 minutes, but the Bulldogs still managed to connect on 15 of 26 attempts for a 57.7% clip.  The Bulldogs hit seven of 13 (54.8%) attempts from beyond the three-point arc in the first half and then knocked down 62.5% (5-8) of their shots from three-point range in the second half.  Eleven different Butler players made at least half of their field goal attempts in the game, including four who didn't miss a shot.

Butler's top shooting performance in 2012-13 was 59.3% against Hanover.
    
CENTURY CLUB:  Though the contest doesn't officially count in the record books, the win over Nova Southeastern was the first time Butler topped 100 points in a game in more than a decade.  The last time a Butler team hit the 100-point mark was on Dec. 8, 2001, when the Bulldogs defeated Evansville, 101-65.  Brandon Miller, then a junior guard for the Bulldogs, scored 14 points in that victory.

BOARD CHECK:  Butler finished with a commanding 41-23 rebounding advantage over Nova Southeastern.  The final total for the Bulldogs included 10 offensive rebounds, which led to an 18-5 avantage in second chance points.  Senior Khyle Marshall led Butler with three offensive rebounds, while freshmen Nolan Berry and Andrew Chrabascz each had a pair.  Junior Kameron Woods was the game's overall rebounding leader with nine, while Berry finished with six.  Twelve different Bulldogs had at least one rebound in the victory.  A year ago, Butler ranked first in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 11th in the NCAA Division I in team rebounding margin (+7.3).

Butler out-rebounded 29 of 36 opponents last season.

BALANCED EFFORT:  None of Butler's 15 active players saw as many as 20 minutes of action against Nova Southeastern, but each played at least six minutes.  Junior Kameron Woods and sophomore Kellen Dunham each played 19 minutes in the win, while senior center Erik Fromm logged 18 minutes.  Twelve different players each saw at least 10 minutes in the contest.  Dunham led the team with 16 points, while senior Khyle Marshall added 13.  Nine Butler players scored at least five points.

POINT PRODUCER:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham picked up where he left off during the summer in terms of scoring production.  The 6-6 guard topped Butler in scoring for the fourth time in five games, including the Bulldogs' four exhibition contests in Australia.  He scored all 16 of his points against Nova Southeastern in the first 20 minutes of the game and then sat out most of the second half.  Dunham hit five of nine shots against the Sharks, including three of five from beyond the three-point arc.  He also connected on three of four free throw attempts.  The Pendleton Heights native led Butler in Australia with a 16.0 average.

Kellen Dunham scored in double-figures in 18 games as a freshman last year.

NEW KIDS:  Butler's six freshmen players contributed 41 points to the Bulldogs' exhibition victory.  Center Nolan Berry and guard Elijah Brown led the way with 11 point apiece, while guard Steven Bennett added six.  The six newcomers combined to hit 14 of 24 shots (58.3%), including five of nine (55.6%) from three-point range.

SUCCESS RECORD:  Brandon Miller has spent time at five different universities and his tenure at each has been marked by incredible success.  Over 14 years as a player, staff member and coach, Miller has been part of 12 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament and one team that advanced to the NIT.  During his tenure, he's been to the NCAA "Sweet 16"  six times, the NCAA "Elite 8" twice and the NCAA national championship game once!  He's been with three teams that have won 30 or more games in a season and all 14 of his teams have won at least 20 games. The combined record of Miller's 14 teams is 344-103.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Brandon Miller is the fourth consecutive Butler assistant coach to assume the top position with the Bulldogs.

•Brandon Miller had a 77-20 (79.4%) record in three seasons as a player at Butler.

•Khyle Marshall hit six of eight shots against Nova Southeastern, picking up where he left off last season.  Marshall shot 63.3% (30-68) over Butler's final 10 games of 2012-13, including 62.5% (5-8) in Butler's two NCAA  Tournament games.

•Khyle Marshall averaged 10.5 points and shot 57% on Butler's four-game tour of Australia.

•Khyle Marshall led the Bulldogs and finished fourth in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.566) last season.  

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goals shooting (.547).

•Khyle Marshall has averaged 13.0 points in his last three exhibition contests.  

•Butler was 16-1 in 2012-13 when Khyle Marshall scored in double-figures.

•Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm are the last remaining players from Butler's Final Four team of 2011.

•Erik Fromm had eight points and three rebounds in 18 minutes as Butler's starting center against Nova Southeastern.

•Erik Fromm averaged 9.5 points in Australia, including a team-high 18 points against the Sydney Kings.

•Kameron Woods has led the Bulldogs in rebounding in each of the team's five games this year (four in Australia, one exhibition).

•Kameron Woods led Butler in rebounding in Australia with a 9.8 average.  He pulled down 15 rebounds in Butler's victory over the Sydney Kings, and he had 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs' win against Noths.

•Kellen Dunham has scored in double-figures in each of the three exhibition games Butler has played since he joined the squad.  He had 12 points against Marian and 10 against Indianapolis as a freshman last year.

•Kellen Dunham hit a game-high three three-pointers against Nova Southeastern.

•Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.0 points in five games under head coach Brandon Miller.

•Kellen Dunham tied Butler's freshman record for three-point field goals with 57 in 2012-13.  Current NBA player Shelvin Mack also hit 57 three-pointers in his freshman season (2008-09) with the Bulldogs.

•Kellen Dunham ranked 28th in the NCAA Division I in free throw shooting (.867) in 2012-13.

Jackson Aldridge came off the bench and scored eight points in ten minutes against Nova Southeastern.  The Butler guard hit both of his three-point field goal attempts in the victory.

Devontae Morgan was among Butler's most productive players with four points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 13 minutes of action against Nova Southeastern.

•Elijah Brown had a team-high five assists in 15 minutes of reserve action against Nova Southeastern.  The 6-4 freshman guard also contributed 11 points and four rebounds in a strong debut performance.

•Nolan Berry hit five of seven shots on his way to scoring 11 points in 16 minutes against Nova Southeastern.  The 6-10 center also pulled down six rebounds in the game.

•Steven Bennett posted six points in eight minutes against Nova Southeastern.  The left-handed freshman also had an assist and a rebound in his brief end-of-the-game stint.

Michael Volovic scored the 100th point for Butler on a driving lay-up against Nova Southeastern.  His basket ended a three-minute scoring draught for the Bulldogs at the end of the game.

•The Bulldogs had 12 assists on their first 18 field goals against Nova Southeastern and 18 assists for the game.