Preview: Georgetown vs Butler

Butler (10-5, 0-3) hosts Georgetown (10-4, 2-1) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (10-5, 0-3) hosts Georgetown (10-4, 2-1) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.

Know Your Foe

Record - 10-4 (2-1)

Coach - John Thompson III, 10th Season - 219-92 (287-134 Overall)

Mascot - Hoyas, Georgetown University Jack the Bulldog

Conference - Big East

Enrollment - 17,400

Tale of the Tape

Butler has lost three straight in the Big East. The Bulldogs lost their last game in 2 OTs to DePaul 99-94. They were led by Kellen Dunham who had 30 points (9/25 FG) and Kameron Woods who scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. For the season, Butler is led by Dunham who is averaging 18.7 points per game. Khyle Marshall is second in scoring for the Bulldogs averaging 15.8 points per game. Brandon Miller has led Butler to a 10-5 record in his first season as head coach.

Georgetown enters the game 2-1 in the Big East after a difficult 70-52 loss at Providence. The Hoyas were led by Indianapolis-native D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 19 points, while Mikael Hopkins added 12 points off the bench. On the season Georgetown is led by Smith-Rivera averaging 17.2 points per game, while Markel Starks adds 15.4 points per game. John Thompson III has led the Hoyas to 10-4 in his 10th season as head coach.

Players to Watch

Kellen Dunham - Dunham had a difficult stretch of basketball from the 2nd half of the game against Xavier to the 1st half against DePaul. The talented sophomore scored just 4 points. In the 2nd half against DePaul, Dunham scored 28 points and returned to the dominant scorer that Butler needs during Big East play.

Khyle Marshall - Marshall has been relatively quiet during Big East play. After dominating inside during the non-conference schedule, Marshall is averaging just 11 points in Big East play. Butler needs Marshall to take advantage of Georgetown missing Joshua Smith and dominate down low.

Elijah Brown - Brown was on the verge of breaking out after solid performances against Villanova (19 points) and Xavier (10 points). Georgetown is usually solid defensively, but Brown will have his opportunities to attack the basket against the Hoyas without Smith patrolling the interior.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - DSR is leading the Hoyas in scoring at 17.2 points per game, but is also active in other areas. He is averaging 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. He is shooting exceptionally well from three point range. DSR averages 5 three point attempts per game and is connecting on 48.6% . The Indianapolis-native will be eager to play in front of family.

Markel Starks - Starks is Georgetown's next best scorer. Starks is 2nd on the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game. Starks will score from anywhere. He isn't afraid to launch from deep or attack the basket. If he does attack the basket and get fouled, Starks is shooting 89.1% from the free throw line.

Mikael Hopkins - With Smith out of the lineup Hopkins will be looked at to contribute more for the Hoyas. He averages just 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game but averages just 18.6 minutes per game. If Georgetown is going to have success, they will need production from other interior players like Hopkins.

Keys to the Game

Foul Trouble - Butler has found foul trouble too often this season. Whether it is Marshall, Woods, or Barlow, the Bulldogs normally have one or more players in foul trouble and it affects their offensive flow and game plan. For Georgetown without Smith it will be important for players to stay out of foul trouble on the interior.

Ball Control - Georgetown is averaging 14 turnovers per game while the Bulldogs average just 11. Despite the lower average, Butler has recently had an increase in their turnover numbers averaging 13 over the past 2 games. Both teams will need to hang onto the ball and make good decisions in this crucial Big East contest.

Inside Play - Georgetown will be without their best interior player in Joshua Smith due to academic issues. Smith was averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 65.5% from the field. Khyle Marshall, Erik Fromm, Andrew Chrabascz, and Kameron Woods need to take advantage of the increased space on the interior.

Notable Stats

9.7 - Kameron Woods leads the Big East in rebounding.

18.7 - Kellen Dunham ranks 3rd in the Big East in scoring.

18.5 - D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera ranks 4th in the Big East in scoring.

65.5 - Joshua Smith shoots a Big East leading percentage from the field.

48.6 - D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera ranks 3rd in 3PT percentage in the Big East

89.1 - Markel Starks is 2nd in the Big East in free throw shooting percentage.


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