Preview: Princeton vs Butler

Butler is set to host Princeton this Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 8PM EST. We look inside to see what is in store for the Bulldogs and Tigers.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler continues the non-conference schedule against Princeton on Saturday. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at the matchup and what to expect inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Know Your Foe

Record - 1-0 (0-0)

Coach - Mitch Henderson, 3rd Season, 38-23 Overall

Mascot - Tigers

Conference - Ivy

Enrollment - 7,600

Tale of the Tape

Butler had a convincing win over Lamar in their season opener and are looking to extend their winning streak and continue to keep new head coach Brandon Miller perfect in his career. Princeton comes off a season opening win over Florida A&M 67-50. Third year head coach Mitch Henderson is looking for his 3rd consecutive winning season, coming off a 17-11 season.

Players to Watch

Elijah Brown - How does the freshman 6th man respond to a subpar performance in his first game? Brown scored just 5 points in his debut and shot just 2/7 from the field. We will find out against the Tigers if Brown can respond to a poor game. Brown will need to be more accurate from distance in order for Butler to stay with Princeton.

Kellen Dunham - Dunham led the Bulldogs in scoring in the pre-season and is expected to be Butler's main source of offense, especially from the perimeter. The sophomore scored 13 points in game one against Lamar on 4/10 from the field (1/5 3PT). Dunham had a slow start against Lamar in the 1st half (2 points) before turning it on in the 2nd half.

Khyle Marshall - The senior forward exploded for 19 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of his career. Marshall and the front line for Butler will be facing more size against Princeton and will need to be equally as effective on the glass.

Will Barrett The 6-foot 10 forward is Princeton's leading returning rebounder. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds last season. Barrett also likes to stretch the floor from 3-point range and shot 51.6% (48/93) from deep last season.

Denton Koon - The 6-foot 8 junior forward led the team in scoring in the opener with 17 points and also collected a team-high 11 rebounds. He was the leading returning scorer for the Tigers from last season after averaging 10.5 points per game.

Ben Hazel - The 6-foot 5 junior guard loves to shoot from long distance. Coming out of high school at Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD), Hazel was known as one of the best 3-point shooters in the area. After sitting out last year, the Maryland-native attempted 9 3's in the first game (3/9 3PT) during his 31 minutes on the floor.

Keys to the Game

Front Line Defense - Princeton features multiple forwards 6-foot 8 and taller and after having a decisive height advantage in the opener, Butler will face a much tougher test in game 2. Kameron Woods, Khyle Marshall, and Erik Fromm each will be tested on the defensive end and it could take a little out of them on the offensive end.

Rebounding - This will be huge again for the Bulldogs, and it won't be as easy as the opener. Princeton will have a size advantage over Butler on the front line and it will be up to the front line to quell the storm. Butler out-rebounded Lamar easily in the opener and will need another solid performance, especially limiting Princeton on the offensive glass. Princeton had 12 offensive rebounds in their opener against Florida A&M and out-rebounded the Rattlers 42-33.

Outside Shooting - This was a letdown in the opening game against Lamar for the Bulldogs. Butler made just 7 outside shots against the Cardinals and will need to do better against the Tigers. Princeton, who shoots much better from distance than Lamar, could take advantage of a lull in the Butler offense and open a more substantial lead. Princeton connected on 12/31 3-pointers in their opener, while Butler hit just 4/17.

Notable Stats

7 - Number of shoots Butler hit outside the paint against Lamar.

11-0 - Butler is 11-0 against teams currently in the Ivy League.

2-0 - Butler is currently 2-0 against Princeton all-time.

63-58 - Butler won the most recent meeting in 1962 over Princeton at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

55.9% - Butler's shooting percentage through 3 games under Brandon Miller.

38.9% - Princeton's FG percentage in their win over Florida A&M.


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