Know Your Foe
Record - 12-8 (3-4)
Coach - Kevin Willard, 4th Season - 61-56 (106-105)
Mascot - Pirates
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 9,800
Tale of the Tape
Butler enters the game at 1-7 in the Big East and 11-9 overall under first year head coach Brandon Miller. Butler lost their last game against St. John's 69-52. Butler was led by Khyle Marshall with 16 points and 4 rebounds, while Kellen Dunham added 13 points. The Bulldogs are led by Dunham who is averaging 18.1 points, while Marshall is averaging 15.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Butle sits in 10th place in the Big East and has lost 7 of their last 8 games.
Seton Hall is in their 4th season under head coach Kevin Willard. The Pirates sit at 12-8 and 3-4 in the Big East. They are coming off of an 86-69 victory over DePaul. Seton Hall was led by Fuquan Edwin who scored a game-high 30 points, while Patrik Auda and Gene Teague added 9 points each. The Pirates are led by Sterling Gibbs who is averaging 15.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, while Edwin averages 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Seton Hall sits in 5th place in the Big East and has won 2 of their last 3 games.
Players to Watch
Andrew Chrabascz - The freshman forward continues to get more minutes for coach Miller. The 6-foot 7 forward is averaging 15.5 minutes off the bench for Butler and scoring 4.8 points and grabbing 3.1 rebounds per game. He continues to make smart, hustle plays for Butler. Butler needs a consistent spark off the bench offensively and Chrabascz has been consistent over the past month.
Kellen Dunham - The sophomore guard continues his impressive 2nd season in Indianapolis. Dunham is averaging 18.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game for the Bulldogs. He is also shooting an imprssive 39.6% from the field including 37.9% from three.
Kameron Woods - After leading the Big East in rebounding and nearly touching double digits per game, Woods has had two smaller rebounding totals in the past two games. The junior forward is still averaging 9.5 rebounds to go along with his 8.9 points per game, but will need to have another big game on the glass for Butler to have success on the road.
Sterling Gibbs - The sophomore guard is leading the Pirates in scoring at 15.1 points per game and also assists at 4.4 per game. The offense runs through the New Jersey native who doesn't depend on his three point shooting for offense. Gibbs gets to the free throw line almost 9 times per game connecting on 77.6%. His ability to get to the line shows his aggressiveness at attacking the basket.
Fuquan Edwin - The senior forward from Paterson, NJ is 2nd on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Edwin is shooting 45.3% from the field including 36.7% from three. He scores in a variety of ways and is also averaging a Big East best 2.9 steals per game on the defensive end with his long reach and anticipation.
Gene Teague - The starting center for the Pirates is averaging 10.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. The 6-foot 9 forward can be a lot to handle in the paint at nearly 270 pounds. Teague is shooting 60.2% from the field but struggles at the free throw line shooting just 59.3%.
Keys to the Game
Barlow vs Gibbs - Barlow is the Bulldogs best perimeter defender and should be matched up with Gibbs for most of the night. The quickness of Barlow's feet will be tested. Barlow has also had a tendency to get in foul trouble this season, which could come to fruition again against Gibbs and the Pirates.
Rebound - Butler has struggled in recent games on the glass and that needs to improve to grab a win on the road against Seton Hall. The Pirates have a few big bodies that can be a handful on the glass. Butler had just 3 offensive rebounds against St. John's while they gave up 10 to the Red Storm in getting out rebounded handily. Whoever has the advantage on the glass will most likely have an advantage on the scoreboard.
Field Goal Percentage - Butler has had a difficult time stopping teams from shooting a high percentage from the floor this season. To compound the problem, Butler is shooting just 43.8% from the field which ranks 8th in the Big East. Seton Hall is shooting 45.6% from the field for the season, ranking 5th in the Big East.
18.1 - Kellen Dunham's scoring average, which ranks 3rd in the Big East.
52 - Points against St John's for Butler, their lowest output of the season.
43.8Butler's FG percentage this season, ranking 8th in the Big East.
76.8 - PPG for Seton Hall this season, ranking 3rd in the Big East and 65th in the country.
1-2 - Seton Hall's record in overtime games this season.
45.6 - Seton Hall's FG percentage this season, ranking 5th in the Big East.