November 18, 2013

Bulldogs Close Homestand Against Vanderbilt

BUTLER (2-0) vs. VANDERBILT (2-0)
Tuesday, November 19, 6 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
TV:  Fox Sports 1
Radio:  WFNI (1070 AM)/107.5 FM

HOME WRAP:  Butler will close out its season-opening, three-game homestand when it hosts Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Nov. 19.  The non-conference game at Hinkle Fieldhouse will have an early 6 p.m. (ET) start and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Vanderbilt is making its first visit to Butler's homecourt in more than eight decades!  The last time Butler and the Commodores met at Hinkle Fieldhouse the now 85-year-old facility was in its first year of existence.  Butler won that meeting in 1929, 39-14.  The Bulldogs began their season-opening homestand with an 89-58 victory over Lamar and then took the second of the three games with a 70-67 decision over Princeton on Saturday (Nov. 16).  The two wins gave Butler a 2-0 start for the first time since 2009-10.  Vanderbilt also brings a 2-0 record to the game.  The Commodores opened the season with back-to-back home wins over Georgia State, 86-80, and Lipscomb, 80-69.  The victory over Lipscomb made Kevin Stallings the all-time winningest coach in Vanderbilt history with a 279-175 record in 14 seasons.  Following Tuesday's game, Butler will play its first 2013-14 road contest at Ball State on Saturday (Nov. 23).  

Vanderbilt is the first SEC team to visit Hinkle FIeldhouse since 1974 (Auburn).          

HOME RULE:  Butler has won at least 10 games in Hinkle Fieldhouse in each of the past 18 seasons.  The Bulldogs were 14-2 at home last season, with both setbacks coming in a nine-day period in February.  The Bulldogs have won 21 of their last 24 home contests.

Butler is 228-34 in Hinkle Fieldhouse over the past 18 seasons.
    
FINAL POSSESSION:  Butler, which used a strong performance at the offensive end of the floor to win two exhibition games and its season-opener, needed a defensive stand to preserve a win in its match-up with Princeton.  The visiting Tigers trimmed a one-time, 13-point Butler lead to just two points, 69-67, in the final minute, and the visitors came up with a key turnover with 14 seconds remaining.  Following a timeout, the Tigers put the ball in the hands of leading scorer Denton Koon, who drove to the basket where he was stopped by Butler sophomore Devontae Morgan.  Koon turned and threw up a shot that fell off the right side of the rim.  Butler's Kellen Dunham grabbed the ball and was fouled with four seconds left.  He made one of two free throws for the final three-point margin.

CAREER DAY:  Sophomore Kellen Dunham scored Butler's first and last points against Princeton.  In between, he tallied more points than any other player in the game and finished with a career-high 26 points.  The 6-6 guard scored 11 points in the first half to help Butler to a 33-31 halftime lead, and then he added 15 points after intermission to help the Bulldogs stretch their margin to as many as 13 points.  Dunham had a career-high seven field goals and a career-best eight free throws in the win.  He hit four of eight shots from beyond the three-point arc, and he added six rebounds, two assists and two steals to the Butler effort.  It was his first 20-point scoring performance.

Kellen Dunham has averaged 12.7 points in Hinkle Fieldhouse for his career.   

EFFICIENT EFFORT:  Junior Kameron Woods sat out most of the first half against Princeton, after picking up two early fouls.  Fortunately for the Bulldogs, he played most of the second half.  The 6-9 forward recorded his fifth career double-double with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.  He scored all 11 points after intermission, including Butler's final two field goals in the win.  His final basket gave Butler a 69-63 lead with just over two minutes remaining.  His 11 points were the fourth-highest total of his Butler career, while the 10 rebounds matched his fourth-highest total.

STARTING BLOCK:  Senior Erik Fromm has already done a couple of things this season that he hadn't done since his sophomore campaign.  He's started back-to-back games for the Bulldogs for the first time since 2011-12, and he's scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time since his second season.  The 6-8 center has thrived in a starting role during his career.  He's scored in double-figures in his last three games in the starting lineup and in five of his last six.  In 14 career starts, Fromm has notched double-figures seven times.

FRESH LOOK:  It took just two games for freshman Elijah Brown to record his first collegiate double-figures scoring performance.  Brown came off the bench against Princeton with 13 points on four of 10 shooting from the field, including three of seven from beyond the three-point arc.  Brown had displayed his scoring touch with back-to-back double-figures scoring performances in a reserve role in Butler's two exhibition games.

BOARD CERTIFIED:  Butler is leading the BIG EAST in Defensive Rebound Pct. (.867) after two games.  The Bulldogs' first two opponents have managed just eight offensive rebounds.  Butler has out-scored its first two foes, 29-8, on second chance points.

FUTURE 'DOGS:  It doesn't go in the record book, but Butler head coach Brandon Miller still scored a pair of victories on the first day of the NCAA fall signing period.  The Bulldogs' head coach landed a pair of prized prospects in 6-6 Kelan Martin of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard High School and 6-7 Tyler Wideman of Lake Central (Ind.) High School.  Martin averaged 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds as a junior, while helping Ballard to a state runner-up finish.  Wideman averaged 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots, while shooting 64% from the field.

BULLDOG BITS:

Khyle Marshall narrowly missed a double-double against Vanderbilt last year.  He finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.  Marshall had nine defensive rebounds, half the total of the entire Vanderbilt team.

•Khyle Marshall is shooting 67.7% (20-30) from the field in his first four games this season (2 exhibition, 2 regular season).

•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.550).

•Butler is 31-9 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs were 16-1 when Marshall hit double-digits last year.

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

•Erik Fromm will play in his 100th collegiate game, when he takes the floor against Vanderbilt.

•Erik Fromm, who hit all five of his free throw attempts against Princeton, stands 11th in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.857).

•Kameron Woods came off the bench with nine rebounds in 20 minutes in Butler's win at Vanderbilt last year.

•Kameron Woods has scored in double-figures in four of his seven career starts.

•Kameron Woods has had at least one blocked shot in seven of his last eight games, dating back to last season.

•Kameron Woods is leading the BIG EAST in field goal shooting (.750) after the first full week of competition.

•Kameron Woods is tied with teammate Khyle Marshall for third place in the BIG EAST in rebounding (8.5).

Alex Barlow had a game-high five assists in Butler's victory over Princeton.  It matched the second-highest single game assist total of his Butler career.

•Alex Barlow is second in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (8.0).  Barlow has eight assists and just one turnover in two games.

•Alex Barlow shared the team lead with two steals against both Lamar and Princeton.  Barlow led the Bulldogs in steals with 42 last season, including two at Vanderbilt.

•Alex Barlow is tied for four fourth place in the BIG EAST in steals (2.0).

•Alex Barlow had six points, four rebounds and three assists at Vanderbilt last year.

•Kellen Dunham's 26 points against Princeton were the most by a Butler player since Jan. 9 of this year, when Rotnei Clarke scored 28 points in a Butler win at Saint Joseph's.

•Kellen Dunham has scored in double-figures in five of his last six games in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

•Kellen Dunham is averaging 17.8 points in eight games under head coach Brandon Miller (16.0 in four games in Australia, 19.5 in two exhibition games, 19.5 regular season).

•Kellen Dunham is currently tied for fourth in scoring in the BIG EAST (19.5).

•Kellen Dunham ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.5).

•Kellen Dunham was named Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Rookie of the Week, following Butler's win at Vanderbilt last year.  Dunham came off the bench with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes against the Commodores.

•Freshman Elijah Brown played a career-high 25 minutes against Princeton.

•Elijah Brown is tied for sixth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.0).

•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.

•Over 14 seasons at five different universities as a player, staff member or coach, Brandon Miller has been with 12 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament.  All 14 of his teams won at least 20 games for a combined career record of 344-103.

•Butler ranks third in the BIG EAST in field goal shooting.  The Bulldogs are hitting at a .492 clip after two games.

•Butler is second in the BIG EAST in both turnover margin (+4.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5).