BUTLER (7-2) vs. MANCHESTER (1-7)
Monday, December 9, 8 p.m. (ET)
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM (Pre-Game on 1070 AM only)
RAPID RESPONSE: Butler, coming off a trip to Florida which included three games in four days, will play its second contest in three days when it hosts Manchester on Monday, Dec. 9. The non-conference game at Hinkle Fieldhouse is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET), and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Butler (6-2) began a stretch of six straight games in Indiana with a 79-64 victory over North Dakota on Saturday (Dec. 7). It was the first of three consecutive games in Indianapolis, including back-to-back contests in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Manchester, which competes in the NCAA Division III, is making its first visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse in nearly seven decades! The last time the Spartans ventured to Butler's homecourt, Harry S. Truman was president, World War II had just ended and the Chicago Cubs reached the World Series! Manchester (1-7) dropped a 58-53 decision at Earlham on Saturday, the third straight loss for the northern Indiana squad. Following the game with Manchester, the Bulldogs will face Purdue in the second game of the Crossroads Classic on Saturday, Dec. 14. The game at BankersLife Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Butler is 5-0 in Indiana this season.
HOME RULE: 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 23 of its last 26 home contests, including all four this year.
Butler is 230-34 in Hinkle Fieldhouse over the past 18 seasons (including this year).
HEATED MOMENT: The Bulldogs sizzled over the final five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second period, and that stretch sealed the outcome of Butler's game against North Dakota. Butler out-scored the visitors from Grand Forks, N.D., 18-2, over the final 4:42 of the opening half to pull away to a 39-22 halftime lead. That margin stretched to 28 points when the Bulldogs opened the second half with a 15-4 run. North Dakota was left playing catch-up for the rest of the contest. Sophomore Kellen Dunham fueled the late first-half run with 10 of Butler's final 18 points, including a lengthy three-point field goal at the halftime buzzer. Five different players contributed to Butler's start to the second half. The win was Butler's fifth straight in Hinkle Fieldhouse, dating back to last season.
Butler improved to 5-1 this season when leading at halftime.
TOP DOG: Sophomore Kellen Dunham picked up where he left off in Florida with a game-high scoring performance against North Dakota. The Butler scoring leader hit nine of 15 shots in the Bulldogs' victory, including five of eight from beyond the three-point arc. He also cashed all six of his attempts from the free throw line, while leading all scorers with 29 points. It was the third time in four games that Dunham led the Bulldogs in scoring and the fourth time this season that he topped 20 points. Dunham earned All-Tournament honors at the Old Spice Classic in Florida, after averaging 20.3 points in Butler's three games. He set a tournament single game scoring record with 32 points against Washington State, and he posted a game-high 20 points in the Bulldogs' final game against LSU. The 29-point performance against North Dakota was the second-best of Dunham's career and his highest point total in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Kellen Dunham ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring (19.1 ppg).
CHART CLIMBING: Senior Khyle Marshall, who became the 15th Butler player to reach both 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds during the Bulldogs' recent trip to Florida, continued to climb the scoring and rebounding charts with his performance against North Dakota. The 6-6 forward scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help pace the Bulldogs past their non-conference foe. He boosted his career scoring total to 1,049 points and moved into sole possession of 32nd place on Butler's all-time scoring list. He tralis Avery Sheets, 2002-06, in the No. 31 position by 37 points. Marshall also boosted his career rebounding total to 516 rebounds and moved into 21st place on Butler's all-time rebounding chart. He's 14 rebounds behind John Taylor, 1990-94, in the No. 20 spot.
Khyle Marshall has posted three of his top five career scoring totals in Butler's last six games.
SCORING DUO: Sophomore Kellen Dunham and senior Khyle Marshall each topped 20 points in the same contest for the second time in four games. The two first accomplished the feat with a record-setting effort in Butler's first game of the Old Spice Classic in Florida. In that victory over Washington State, Marshall tied the Old Spice Classic record with 30 points, just moments before Dunham broke the tournament single game record with 32. It was the first time two Butler players scored 30 points in the same game since February 17, 1986, when Chad Tucker and Darrin Fitzgerald each scored 31 against Saint Louis.
BOARD CHAIRMAN: Junior Kameron Woods, who finished as the leading rebounder at the Old Spice Classic, continued his domination on the boards in Butler's victory over North Dakota. Woods led all players with nine rebounds, including eight defensive boards. It was the seventh consecutive game that he topped the Bulldogs in rebounding and the seventh straight contest that he posted at least nine caroms.
Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.4 ppg).
ON TARGET: Butler held off a late charge by North Dakota with a sizzling second half shooting performance. The Bulldogs connected on 16 of 26 shots (61.5%) after intermission, including two of four (50%) from beyond the three-point arc. Butler's final shooting percentage for the game (51.8%) was the team's second-best effort of the year, trailing only the 54.3% shooting performance the Bulldogs unleashed in their season-opening victory over Lamar. The Bulldogs shot a season-best 41.7% (5-12) from three-point range against North Dakota.
SEASON BEST: Butler finished with a season-high +16 (44-28) rebounding margin over North Dakota. That topped the previous best Butler rebounding mark of +14 (41-27) in the team's season-opening victory at home over Lamar.
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 at the Old Spice Classic.
•Khyle Marshall has started 49 of Butler's last 50 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 fifth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.551).
•Khyle Marshall is ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.1). He leads the conference in offensive rebounds (3.6/game). Marshall has pulled down 16 offensive rebounds in Butler's last four games.
•Butler is 36-10 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures. The Bulldogs are 20-2 in Marshall's last 22 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 has averaged 8.0 points in four games in Hinkle Fieldhouse this year..
•Erik Fromm is second on the team in career three-point field goals (43).
•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (6.9/game), he's tied for eighth in offensive rebounds (2.5/game).
•Kameron Woods has scored in double-figures in eight of his 13 career starts, including six of eight 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 (1.3).
•Alex Barlow ranks second in the BIG EAST lead in assist/turnover ratio (3.9). Barlow has 27 assists and just seven turnovers in eight games.
•Alex Barlow is fourth in the BIG EAST in steals (1.9).
•Alex Barlow ranks third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.500).
•Alex Barlow has 14 rebounds in Butler's last two games, including a career-high 10 rebounds against LSU in Florida.
•Kellen Dunham matched his career-high with nine field goals against North Dakota. Dunham also hit nine field goals against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic.
•Kellen Dunham matched his career-high with four assists against North Dakota. He also had four assists one game earlier against LSU at the Old Spice Classic.
•Kellen Dunham leads the BIG EAST in minutes played (37.1). He's played at least 34 minutes in seven consecutive games.
•Kellen Dunham ranks second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (3.3/game).
•Kellen Dunham stands fifth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal shooting (.464).
•Kellen Dunham has hit 15 of his last 16 free throw attempts, including nine straight. He's moved into tenth place in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.795).
•Butler is 27-8 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.
•The 32 points by Kellen Dunham against Washington State were the most by a Butler player since Feb. 12, 2011, when current NBA player Shelvin Mack scored 32 points against Detroit.
•Freshman Andrew Chrabascz matched his career-high with six rebounds in 15 minutes against North Dakota.
•Freshman Nolan Berry matched his career-high with four points in a career-high 11 minutes against North Dakota.
•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.