Bulldogs Begin Home Stretch Against North Dakota
BUTLER (5-2) vs. NORTH DAKOTA (2-4)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: Fox Sports 1
RADIO: 1070 AM; 107.5 FM
HOME BOUND: Butler, coming off its longest road trip of the season, won't leave Indiana again until 2014. The Bulldogs will begin a stretch of six straight games in the Hoosier State with a contest against North Dakota at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. (ET). The non-conference game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Butler is returning to its homecourt after placing fourth in the eight-team Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., over Thanksgiving weekend. The Bulldogs defeated Washington State, 76-69, in the opening round of the tournament, before falling in the second round to #5 Oklahoma State, 69-67. Butler then dropped a 70-68 decision in overtime to LSU in the third place game. The losses were Butler's first two of the season. North Dakota (2-4) suffered three setbacks over the Thanksgiving holiday at the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge in Eugene, Ore. The Green and White lost to Cal Poly, 70-43, host Oregon, 91-76, and Pacific, 93-76, in the four-team tournament. Following the game with North Dakota, Butler will host Manchester on Monday, Dec. 9.
Butler is 4-0 in Indiana this season.
FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS: The Bulldogs, who were 14-2 in Hinkle Fieldhouse last year, have won at least 10 home games in each of the past 18 seasons. Butler has won 22 of its last 25 home contests, including all three this year.
Butler is 229-34 in Hinkle Fieldhouse over the past 18 seasons (including this year).
FINAL MOMENTS: LSU came from behind in the second half and tied the game with a three-point field goal in the closing seconds to send the consolation game with Butler into overtime. The Tigers then out-scored Butler, 9-7, in the extra period to claim third place in the Old Spice Classic. Guard Anthony Hickey, scoreless for nearly 40 minutes, nailed a three-point field goal with four seconds remaining to knot the score at 61-61, and the game was sent into a five-minute overtime period when Butler's Alex Barlow missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. The Tigers took the lead for good at 67-65 on a basket by Andre Stringer with 2:40 left in the overtime period. Butler led by as many as eight points in the first half and carried a 27-26 advantage at halftime. The Bulldogs again stretched their lead to as many as seven points in the second half, before LSU rallied in the final six minutes.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Sophomore Kellen Dunham, who set an Old Spice Classic single game scoring record in Butler's victory over Washington State, was one of five players named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the Old Spice Classic. Joining Dunham on the all-tournament team were Shaq Goodwin (MVP) and Austin Nichols of Memphis, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and Ronald Roberts of Saint Joseph's. The 6-6 Butler guard scored 32 points in the Bulldogs' opening game, breaking the previous tournament record of 30 points shared by Michael Beasley of Kansas State (twice), Devan Downey of South Carolina, Jared Jordan of Marist, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and Khyle Marshall of Butler. Dunham came back with nine points and four rebounds against Oklahoma State and then finished the tournament with a game-high 20 points against LSU. He averaged 20.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in Butler's three tournament games in Florida.
Kellen Dunham was named to this week's BIG EAST Player of the Week Honor Roll.
RECORD DAY: Kellen Dunham had only scored 20 points in a collegiate game once prior to Butler's Thanksgiving trip to Florida, but he blew right past the 20-point mark in his first tournament game at the Old Spice Classic. The second-year Butler player cashed nine of 14 shots from the field, including a career-best six of nine from beyond the three-point arc, and eight of nine attempts from the free throw line to post his tournament record 32 points. Dunham scored 24 points in the second half, including 11 of Butler's final 14 points in the win. He nailed three three-point field goals in the final three minutes. His performance came 12 days after he posted his first career 20-point scoring effort with 26 points in a win at Hinkle Fieldhouse over Princeton.
30-30 CLUB: Senior Khyle Marshall tied the Old Spice Classic single game scoring record of 30 points just minutes before teammate Kellen Dunham broke the record in Butler's win over Washington State. The feat gave Butler two 30-point scorers in the same game for the first time in nearly three decades. The last time Butler had two players hit the 30-point mark was on Feb. 17, 1986, when Chad Tucker and Darrin Fitzgerald each scored 31 points in a 75-74 loss to Saint Louis. Tucker, who went on to become Butler's all-time leading scorer, hit seven of 13 shots from the field and 17 of 18 from the free throw line in the game, while Fitzgerald, Butler's second all-time leading scorer, knocked down 13 of 17 attempts from the floor and all five of his free throw attempts. One year later, the NCAA established the three-point field goal rule, and Fitzgerald set a three-point shooting record (5.64 3FG/game) that still stands today! Marshall hit 12 of 18 shots from the floor and six of seven from the free throw line to compile his career-high 30 point performance.
BOARDING PLACE: Junior Kameron Woods wound up as the tournament's leading rebounder at the Old Spice Classic with 30 caroms in the three games. He led all players with ten rebounds against Washington State, pulled down a game-high nine rebounds against Oklahoma State and then finished with a game-best 11 rebounds against LSU. Woods has had at least nine rebounds in six straight games this season and in 15 games during his Butler career.
CHARITABLE TRIP: Butler entered the Old Spice Classic as the worst free throw shooting team in the BIG EAST, but the Bulldogs have climbed out of the cellar with a solid performance at the Florida tournament. The Bulldogs hit 16 of 21 (.762) free throws against Washington State in the opening round of the eight-team meet. It was Butler's best free throw shooting performance this season, until the second round of the tournament when the Bulldogs connected on 15 of 19 (.789) charity tosses against Oklahoma State. Butler finished the tournament by hitting 15 of 20 (.750) free throws against LSU.
GOOD WORKS: Senior Erik Fromm is one of 75 NCAA Division I nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) honor players who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back. A special voting panel will select a 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from Division I and five from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team voting panel. The team will be announced in February.
PARADISE TRIP: Butler will head a little further south next year at Thanksgiving. The Bulldogs will be competing in the eight-team 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. The field was announced this week and it could be one of the best in the tournament's history. In addition to the Bulldogs, the Battle 4 Atlantis will welcome North Carolina, UCLA, Georgetown, Florida, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Alabama-Birmingham. The eight teams boast a combined 195 NCAA Tournament appearances, 53 Final Four appearances and 20 national championships!
•Khyle Marshall scored his 1,000th career point against Washington State and pulled down his 500th career rebound against Oklahoma State. He's the 15th Butler player to score 1,000 career points and grab 500 career rebounds.
•Khyle Marshall has started 48 of Butler's last 49 games. He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.
•Khyle Marshall stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting (.548).
•Kyle Marshall ranks sixth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.549).
•Khyle Marshall is tied for sixth in the BIG EAST in rebunding (7.1). He leads the conference in offensive rebounds (3.6/game). Marshall had 12 offensive rebounds in three games at the Old Spice Classic, including a season-high seven against LSU.
•Khyle Marshall is tied with Dave Bennett (1968-71) for 28th place on Butler's all-time scoring list. Marshall enters the North Dakota game with 1,028 career points.
•Butler is 35-10 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures. The Bulldogs are 19-2 in Marshall's last 21 games in twin-digits.
•Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm are the last remaining players from Butler's Final Four team of 2011. Marshall played in both Butler games at the 2011 Final Four in Houston, Texas.
•Erik Fromm matched his season-scoring high with 10 points against LSU. Fromm also scored 10 points against Lamar and Princeton this season.
•Erik Fromm is second on the team in career three-point field goals (43).
•Kameron Woods recorded his third double-double of the season with season-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds against LSU.
•Kameron Woods continues to lead the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.4). He leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.7/game), he's tied for sixth in offensive rebounds (2.7/game).
•Kameron Woods has scored in double-figures in eight of his 12 career starts, including six of seven this season.
•Kameron Woods already has more double-figures scoring performances (6) than he had all of last season (4).
•Kameron Woods ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.4).
•Alex Barlow had a career-high 10 rebounds against LSU. The 5-11 guard ranked third on the team in rebounds (15) in Butler's three games in Florida.
•Alex Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST lead in assist/turnover ratio (4.6). Barlow has 23 assists and just five turnovers in seven games.
•Alex Barlow is second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.1). Barlow has seven steals in three games at the Old Spice Classic.
•Alex Barlow hit a career-best three of five three-point field goals against LSU.
•Alex Barlow ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.500).
•The 32 points by Kellen Dunham against Washington State were the most by a Butler player since Feb. 12, 2011, when Shelvin Mack scored 32 points against Detroit.
•Kellen Dunham had a career-high four assists against LSU.
•Kellen Dunham leads the BIG EAST in minutes played (37.6).
•Kellen Dunham ranks second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (3.0/game).
•Kellen Dunham stands eighth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal shooting (.438).
•Butler is 26-8 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.
•Freshman Andrew Chrabascz played a career-high 19 minutes against LSU.
•Butler future took on a brighter glow with the landing a pair of prized prospects on the first day of the NCAA fall signing period. Head coach Brandon Miller received signed commitments from 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 at Ballard, while helping his team 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.