Butler Visits First-Time Foe Seton Hall

Kellen Dunham (Photo by John Fetcho)

BUTLER (11-9, 1-7 BE) vs. SETON HALL (12-8, 3-4 BE)
Wednesday, January 29, 9 p.m. (ET)
Prudential Center - Newark, N.J.
Television:  Fox Sports 1
Radio:  1070 AM/107.5 FM

Game Notes

NEW TERRITORY:  Butler will make its second consecutive trip to the home site of a first-time foe when it visits Seton Hall for a BIG EAST game on Wednesday (Jan. 29).  The game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will start at 9 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.  The Bulldogs, who played first-time opponent Providence in Rhode Island a week ago, will be meeting Seton Hall for the initial time.  The Pirates are the final BIG EAST team that Butler hasn't previously played.  Seton Hall (12-8, 3-4 BE) won its last game convincingly, with an 86-69 victory over DePaul at the Prudential Center on Saturday (Jan. 25).  That win boosted the Pirates to 8-3 at home this season.  Butler fell at home to St. John's, 69-52, in its last outing.  That setback dropped Butler (11-9) to 1-7 in conference play for the first time since 1989-90, when the Bulldogs were competing in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.   Butler is seeking its first BIG EAST road victory.                                             

Butler is beginning a stretch of three consecutive BIG EAST road games.

LAST OUTING:  Visiting St. John's used a late first half/early second half run to gain control of the game and then held off Butler's comeback attempts to post a 17-point victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Butler jumped to a 10-point lead, 25-15, in the game and held a 32-31 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.  But the Red Storm closed the opening period on a 10-2 run and then scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 15-point advantage. The Bulldogs did closed to within seven points with 8:44 remaining, but St. John's finished the game on a 12-2 run for the final margin.  It was Butler's biggest margin of defeat at home since 1992-93, when #5 and eventual national champ North Carolina handed the Bulldogs a 103-56 setback.

Butler's 52 points against St. John's were a season-low for the Bulldogs.

TEMPERATURE SWING:  The Bulldogs hit 11 of their first 13 shots, while building a double-digit lead against St. John's.  But things cooled for Butler in the final eight minutes of the first half and then became downright frigid in the final period.  The Bulldogs missed six of their final eight shots in the first half and then hit just six of 22 (27.3%) attempts in the second half.  The 19 total field goals were a season-low for Butler, as were the team's 43 attempts.  The Bulldogs connected on a season-low one of eight attempts from the three-point arc.    

POINT PRODUCTION:  Senior Khyle Marshall led the Bulldogs in scoring for the second time in three games and for the seventh time this season with his 16-point performance against St. John's.  The 6-6 Butler forward scored 10 points in the first half and then added six more in the final period.  It was the seventh straight game that he's scored in double-figures and the 13th time in his last 14 outings.  On the season, he's scored in double-figures in 17 of 20 games.  Marshall boosted his career scoring total to 1,225 points and moved into 22nd place on Butler's all-time scoring list.  He trails Gerry Williams, 1960-63, in 21st place on the all-time list by 18 points, and he's 23 points behind Ralph "Buckshot" O'Brien in the No. 20 position.  Marshall is the 35th player in Butler basketball history to score 1,000 career points.

SCORING RUN:  Kellen Dunham, who tallied 13 points against St. John's has scored in double-figures in 13 of his last 14 games and in 17 total contests this season.  He's posted seven of his top eight career scoring performances in Butler's last 16 games, including a career-high 32 points against Washington State at the Old Spice Classic in Florida.  The second-year guard owns eight of Butler's top 12 single game scoring performances this season, and he's the first Butler player to record five games of 25 or more points since Shelvin Mack (now with the Atlanta Hawks) did it in 2010-11.  Dunham has had at least a share of Butler's scoring lead in five of the past six contests and in 10 of the last 14 outings.  He's been Butler's scoring leader 17 times in his young career.

Kellen Dunham ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring (18.1 ppg).

BENCH MARK:  Freshman Andrew Chrabascz came off the bench with eight points against St. John's.  It was the fifth time in the past seven games that he's contributed at least eight points in a reserve role.  Chrabascz has scored 65 of his 95 career points since the start of the BIG EAST season, all while coming off the bench.  He had a career-high 14 points against Georgetown on Jan. 11, one game after recording his first collegiate double-figures scoring performance with ten points against DePaul.  The 6-7 forward has averaged 8.1 points in Butler's last eight games.

NATIONAL STANDING:  Junior Alex Barlow, who had three assists and one turnover against St. John's, has moved into the "Top 20" in the NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio.  The Butler point-guard has 67 assists on the year and just 23 turnovers, a 2.91 ratio, and he stands 20th in assist/turnover ratio in latest Division I statistics.  In Butler's past four games, Barlow has 17 assists and just two turnovers.

Alex Barlow ranks third in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio (2.9 ppg).

BOARD ACTION:  One game after posting a season-low three rebounds at Providence, junior Kameron Woods returned to a more familiar position as Butler's rebounding leader against St. John's.  Woods finished with a team-high seven rebounds against the Red Storm, the tenth time in the past 11 games that he's grabbed at least seven caroms.  The 6-9 forward has led Butler in rebounding in six of the past seven games and in 16 games on the season.

500 CLUB:  Senior Khyle Marshall and junior Kameron Woods are two of just 25 players in Butler basketball history with 500 career rebounds.  Marshall is 17th on Butler's all-time rebounding list with 562 career rebounds, two caroms shy of Tom Bowman, 1960-63, in the No. 16 spot and four behind Dave Bennett, 1968-71, in the No. 15 position.   Woods stands 22nd all-time with 538 career rebounds, 10 behind Dave Sanders, 1962-65, in 21st place.  The last time Butler had two players with 500 rebounds on the same team was in 2009-10 (Matt Howard/Gordon Hayward), which was Butler's first Final Four season.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Khyle Marshall has started 61 of Butler's last 62 games.  He did not start on Butler's "Senior Day" a year ago.  Marshall has 78 career starts at Butler.

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

•Kyle Marshall ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal shooting (.545).

•Khyle Marshall is shooting .627 from the field in Butler's 11 wins; .444 in the Bulldogs' nine losses.

•Khyle Marshall ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (2.6).   He's 19th overall in rebounding (5.2).

•Khyle Marshall stands ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.8).

•Khyle Marshall is Butler's leading scorer on the road this season with a 13.2 average in the Bulldogs' five road games.

•Butler is 41-15 all-time when Khyle Marshall scores in double-figures.  The Bulldogs are 25-8 in Marshall's last 33 games in twin-digits.

•Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.5) and in defensive rebounds (7.2).  He's tied for eighth in offensive rebounds (2.3).

•Kameron Woods is ranked 23rd in the NCAA Division I in total rebounds (189), and he's 30th nationally in rebounds per game (9.5).

•Prior to the last two games, Kameron Woods had averaged 11.0 rebounds over a nine-game Butler stretch.  He pulled down at least 12 rebounds in five of those nine games.

•Kameron Woods is averaging 10.1 rebounds in Butler's 11 wins this season.

•Kameron Woods ranks tenth in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.1).

•Kameron Woods stands 11th in the BIG EAST in field goal shooting (.492).

•Alex Barlow has had at least one steal in 18 of Butler's 20 games. He ranks second in the BIG EAST in steals (2.0).
 
•Alex Barlow ranks 12th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.4).  He's led the Bulldogs in assists in 14 of 20 games this season.

•Alex Barlow has averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in Butler's five road games this season.

•Kellen Dunham ranks third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.7).

•Kellen Dunham has hit at least one three-point field goal in his last 21 games and in 47 career games.

•Butler is 32-15 all-time in games in which Kellen Dunham has hit a three-point field goal.

•Kellen Dunham ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (.379).

•Kellen Dunham stands eighth in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (.812).  He's shooting .833 (35-42) from the line against BIG EAST opponents.

•Kellen Dunham is third in the BIG EAST in minutes played (36.8).  He's played at least 40 minutes in seven contests this season, including four of the last six.

•Kellen Dunham is 16th in the NCAA Division I in minutes. played.

•Kellen Dunham needs 39 points to become the 13th Butler player to score 400 points in his sophomore season.

•Andrew Chrabascz is shooting a team best of 71.4% (20-28) from the field against BIG EAST opponents.

•Butler leads the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage defense (.304).

•The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST and rank 12th in the NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game (10.0).