Know Your Foe
Record - 4-2 (0-0)
Coach - Johnny Jones, 2nd Season, 23-14
Mascot - Tigers
Conference - SEC
Enrollment - 30,000
Tale of the Tape
Butler lost their first game of the season against #5 Oklahoma State 69-67 on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs were led by Elijah Brown with 15 points, while Alex Barlow scored a career-high 12 points. Kameron Woods added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Leading scorers Kellen Dunham had 9 points, while Khyle Marshall added 8. Head coach Brandon Miller is now 5-1 as Butler head coach.
LSU enters the game after losing to #21 Memphis in the semifinals 76-69. LSU had the lead for a while, but relinquished the lead to the Tigers. LSU was led by point guard Anthony Hickey with 20 points and Johnny O'Bryant III added 14 points and 9 rebounds. Second year head coach Johnny Jones has the Tigers at 4-2.
Players to Watch
Kellen Dunham - After struggling from the field against Oklahoma State, Dunham looks to respond against LSU. The sophomore guard is averaging 17.3 points per game this season while shooting just 38.8% from the field. Despite a dip in his overall field goal percentage, Dunham is shooting 42.5% from three point range.
Kameron Woods - Kameron Woods continues to have an excellent junior season. The 6-foot 9 forward continues to lead the Bulldogs in rebounding at 9.2 per contest. Woods has been an important piece not only on defense, but also on offense as he is averaging 10.5 points per game.
Elijah Brown - Brown led Butler in scoring against Oklahoma State and looks to have double digit scoring games in two consecutive games for the first time this season. Brown is averaging 8.3 but is shooting just 37.8% from the field and 26.1% from three point range.
Anthony Hickey - A name that many Butler fans are familiar with, Hickey was recruited by Butler but chose to commit to LSU. The junior guard is averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. He is shooting 41.3% from the field including 34.9% from three point range. He also is active on the defensive end grabbing 2.8 steals per game.
Johnny O'Bryant III - The versatile forward is averaging a team leading 16 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. His combination of physicality and finesse causes problems for opponents. He is extremely efficient around the basket shooting 52.1% from the field. One weakness to his game is his FT shooting. He has connected on just 58.8% of his shots from the charity stripe.
Andre Stringer - LSU's leading scorer from the perimeter, Stringer averages 15.5 points per game while shooting 42.1% from the field (34.9% 3PT). The Jackson, MS native struggled in their previous game against Memphis scoring just two points on 1/5 shooting from the field after hitting double figures in each of the teams first 4 games.
Keys to the Game
One thing that LSU has is size. Guards Andrew Stringer and Anthony Hickey are each under 6-foot, but LSU boasts a front line with multiple players 6-foot 9 and taller including Johnny O'Bryant III and Jarrell Malone. Keeping the taller Tigers off of the glass will be an important area to watch during the game on Sunday. LSU is averaging 47.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 5th in the country. Kameron Woods, Erik Fromm, Andrew Chrabascz, and Khyle Marshall will all be tested.
Woods vs O'Bryant III
This will be an intriguing matchup in the paint. Woods has the length to cause a few problems for O'Bryant down low and could also keep the talented forward off of the offensive glass. However, O'Bryant has a number of moves in the paint and the power to drive against the slimmer Woods.
Butler Perimeter Shooters
Elijah Brown looks to have back-to-back double digit scoring for the first time in his career and Kellen Dunham is looking to bounce back from his dismal shooting against Oklahoma State. Butler also needs another threat to arise off the bench to help carry the load. Alex Barlow did have a career high 12 points against the Cowboys, but cannot be relied upon to continue that scoring each game.
9.2 - Kameron Woods rebounding average this season that leads the Big East.
0-1 - Butler's record all-time against LSU.
5 - Number of times Kameron Woods has scored in double figures this season, which leads the team.
500 - Number of career rebounds for Khyle Marshall
83.2 - Average points per game for LSU this season.
47.2 - Average rebounding total for LSU this season, 5th in the country.