INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (5-2) returns home to Hinkle Fieldhouse after a 1-2 record at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, FL to take on North Dakota (2-4). InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect on Saturday.
Know Your Foe
Record - 2-4 (0-0)
Coach - Brian Jones, 8th Season, 104-117
Mascot - None - Former the Fighting Sioux
Conference - Big Sky
Enrollment - 15,250
Tale of the Tape
The Bulldogs return home to Indianapolis after a 1-2 Old Spice Classic. The Bulldogs defeated Washington State in the first round before losing to #5 Oklahoma State and LSU by two points. LSU beat Butler 70-68 in overtime. Butler was led by Kellen Dunham with 20 points on 8/21 shooting (4/8 3PT) and Kameron Woods who had his 3rd double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds. North Dakota and head coach Brian Jones come to Hinkle Fieldhouse after losing to Pacific (6-1) 93-76 in the Global Sports Hardwood Classic. North Dakota was led by senior guard Troy Huff with 21 points and Jamal Webb with 17. They have a three game losing streak after losing all three in Eugene.
Players to Watch
Kameron Woods - Woods has arguably been the MVP for Butler thus far this year. While he doesn't score like Dunham or Marshall, Woods is leading the Big East in rebounding at 9.4 per game and also is averaging 10.7 points per contest. The junior forward now has three double-doubles on the year and is the active leader for Butler with seven in his career.
Elijah Brown - How does the freshman respond to being sat out of the last game for Butler in the Old Spice Classic against LSU? Head coach Brandon Miller had a message for Brown, fellow freshman Rene Castro, and sophomore Devontae Morgan, and now he will be back on the court against North Dakota. The freshman is averaging 8.3 points per game.
Khyle Marshall - With his speed an athleticism Marshall should have his way with the North Dakota front line. The senior is averaging 16.9 points while shooting 54.9% from the field, which ranks 6th in the Big East. Marshall is also averaging a career-high 7.1 rebounds per game. He became the 15th player in Butler history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds during the Old Spice Classic.
Troy Huff - The senior guard from Wisconsin is averaging a team-high 23.2 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field. He had a season-high 37 points earlier this year against Wisconsin. The 6-foot 5 win averages just under 6 three point attempts per game. He is also averaging 8 rebounds per game.
Aaron Anderson - The Minnesota-native is averaging 14.7 points and 1.8 assists per game. Anderson is a career 42.7 three point shooter and is currently shooting 55% from three point range (11/20) this season. Butler will need to close out on the senior guard who scored a season-high 22 last Saturday against #14 Oregon.
Jaron Nash - North Dakota's best front court player is averaging 11.2 points and 5 rebounds per game. Nash transferred to North Dakota after spending a season with Texas Tech. The 6-foot 8 forward will be tested on defense with the quickness of Khyle Marshall and the length and offensive rebounding of Kameron Woods.
North Dakota and Butler each like to stretch the floor and shoot from the perimeter. Both are averaging about 19 three point attempts per game. The Sioux are connecting on 32.2% (37/115) while Butler has connected on 33.8% (44/130). Whatever team shoots the ball better from the perimeter will have a very good chance to win.
If Butler doesn't shoot well from the perimeter it will need offensive rebounding. The Bulldogs do that extremely well behind Khyle Marshall and Kameron Woods. North Dakota gives up about 10 offensive rebounds per game, which plays right into Butler's hands. The Bulldogs thrive on 2nd chance points and the Bulldogs should be able to take advantage against a slightly undersized North Dakota squad.
Butler looks to respond from a dismal performance from their bench against LSU. The Bulldogs didn't record a single point off the bench, but they were without 6th-man Elijah Brown. Butler will need the help against North Dakota as they are averaging 80.8 points per game. With Brown back in the mix, Butler's offensive will be more explosive on the perimeter, which will also give the front line more room to work with.
26-8 - Butler's record when Kellen Dunham makes a three.
43 - Number of career three pointers for Erik Fromm.
4.6:1 - Alex Barlow's assist to turnover ratio, ranking 2nd in the Big East.
43.8% - Kellen Dunham's 3-point shooting percentage this season, ranking 8th in the Big East.
19 - Career-high minutes for Andrew Chrabascz against LSU.
1 - Will be the 1st meeting between Butler and North Dakota.