GameDay: Butler at Providence

Butler (11-7, 1-5) takes on Providence (13-5, 3-2) for the 1st time. Come inside to follow the action.

Providence (RI) - Butler (11-7, 1-5) will travel to the state of Rhode Island for the 1st time ever on Tuesday night when they travel to Providence (13-5, 3-2) to take on the Friars at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 9PM EST.

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Butler enters the game coming off their first Big East victory all-time.

The Bulldogs snapped a 5-game losing streak and improved to 1-5 in the Big East with their 69-57 win over Marquette in overtime. Butler was led by sophomore Kellen Dunham and senior Khyle Marshall with 18 points each, while Kameron Woods also chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds.

It has been a roller coaster ride in Brandon Miller's 1st season as head coach in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs are 11-7 and have played six overtime games this season, one short of a school record set in 1996-97.

Dunham continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring at 18.4 points, while Marshall is 2nd on the team in scoring at 15.8 per game.

Junior Kameron Woods continues his impressive play on the glass averaging a league best 9.9 rebounds per game. He has moved into 23rd all-time at Butler in rebounding.

Butler is averaging 74.1 points per game this season, which ranks 5th in the Big East, and shooting just 43.9% from the field. The Bulldogs have struggled from the free throw line shooting a Big East worst 66.1%.

Ed Cooley and the Friars are coming off of an impressive 81-68 victory over Big East leading Creighton. The Friars were led by senior guard Bryce Cotton with 23 points, while four other Friars were in double figures including Kadeem Batts with 13 points and LaDontae Henton with 19.

Cotton continues to lead the Friars in scoring at 20.4 points per game, which ranks 2nd in the Big East behind Creighton's Doug McDermott. He also leads the conference and team in assists at 5.8 per game.

Redshirt-sophomore Tyler Harris is 2nd on the team in scoring at 13.2 per game. The North Carolina State transfer has come into his own in his first season at Providence.

Two other Friars average double digits in scoring to lead a balanced attack for Providence. LaDontae Henton averages 13.1 points, while Kadeem Batts adds 12.8.

Cooley and the Friars are currently 13-5 and 3-2 in the Big East, which places them in 4th place. The Friars have won 3 in a row.

This is the 1st meeting all-time between Providence and Butler.

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