INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (12-9, 2-7) looks for the season sweep of Marquette (12-10, 4-5) when they travel to Milwaukee on Tuesday. InsideTheDawgPound looks at what to expect at the BMO Bradley Center.
Know Your Foe
Record - 12-10 (4-5)
Coach - Buzz Williams, 6th Season - 135-63 (149-80 Overall)
Mascot - Golden Eagles
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 12,000
Tale of the Tape
The Bulldogs have won 2 of their past 4 games in the Big East. Butler won their last game on the road at Seton Hall 64-57. The Bulldogs were led by four players who scored in double figures. Senior Khyle Marshall had 13 points, Elijah Brown had 12 points off the bench, and Kameron Woods and Andrew Chrabascz had 11 points. The Bulldogs continue to be led by sophomore guard Kellen Dunham who is averaging 17.6 points, while Marshall is averaging 15.6 points and 5 rebounds. First year head coach Brandon Miller looks for his first winning streak in Big East play and has the Bulldogs at 12-10 and 2-7 in the Big East.
Marquette continues to struggle after having great expectations heaped on them this season. The Golden Eagles have alternated wins and losses each game since December 17th. Marquette lost their last game at Madison Square Garden to St. John's 74-59. Marquette was led by point guard Derrick Wilson with 14 points, while Deonte Burton and Jake Thomas each added 11 points. The Golden Eagles are led by Gardner who averages a team-high 14.7 points and 6 rebounds, while Jamil Wilson adds 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Buzz Williams has his team at 12-10 and 4-5 in the Big East.
The first meeting of these two teams ended in overtime. The Bulldogs pulled out their first win in the Big East 69-57. Butler was led by Marshall and Dunham who each had 18 points. Davante Gardner had 17 points, while Jamil Wilson and Derrick Wilson each added 13 for the Golden Eagles.
Players to Watch
Kameron Woods - In the 1st meeting between these two teams Woods had 16 points and 14 rebounds. The junior forward will need to have a similar performance for Butler to stay with the Golden Eagles at home. Woods is averaging 9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 49.3% from the field.
Kellen Dunham - Dunham had 18 points on 6/15 shooting in the 1st meeting between these two teams. The Bulldogs leading scorer at 17.6 points per game, Dunham is also shooting 37.8% from three. The sophomore guard is also having a better overall season than his first campaign in Indianapolis. He is averaging 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists this season as well.
Andrew Chrabascz - The freshman forward had his first start of the season in the last game for Butler against Seton Hall. He exploded for 11 points and 3 rebounds. In the last meeting between Marquette and Butler, Chrabascz had 3 points and 3 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Davante Gardner - Gardner had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the last meeting with Butler. The talented senior forward uses great footwork to score on the interior. Since the game against Butler, Gardner is averaging 18.3 points per game.
Jamil Wilson - While Marquette had struggled to shoot the longball entering the game against Butler the last meeting, Wilson was aggressive early. He finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds while connecting on 3/8 from deep. Wilson is averaging 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. He is also shooting just 27.3% from three this season after connecting on 36% last year. Wilson wasn't a factor against the Red Storm in their last game where he had just 1 point and 4 rebounds in 13 minutes.
Derrick Wilson - Wilson was aggressive during the first meeting with Butler. He pushed the ball up the floor many times against the Bulldogs and finished with 13 points on 6/13 shooting. The junior guard from Anchorage, AK is averaging 5.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game this season. Wilson is a liability from the free throw line where he averages just 47.4% on the season.
Keys to the Game
Turnovers - Butler is averaging 71.7 points per game, which ranks 7th in the Big East, while Marquette is averaging a Big East worst 70.5 points per game. Points will be at a premium between these two team and whoever can take care of the ball and value each possession will have an advantage. Butler has held onto the ball and turned the ball over just 210 times this season, best in the Big East, while Marquette ranks 6th with 269 turnovers.
Rebounding - Marquette out-rebounded Butler in the 1st meeting 45-39 including a 13-9 advantage on the offensive glass. While Butler was able to overcome those extra opportunities by the Golden Eagles, Butler needs to improve on its defensive rebounding in the 2nd game. Marquette averages 38 rebounds per game, while Butler is averaging 36 per contest. Kameron Woods and Andrew Chrabascz need to control Gardner, Chris Otule, and Jamil Wilson on the offensive glass.
Riding Momentum - There will be runs throughout the game. Marquette is looking to respond after a tough loss on the road at St. John's and will look to bounce back at home. The crowd will be rowdy and loud as Butler and Marquette have had very close emotional games in the past two seasons. Butler is looking for their first winning streak in the Big East and will need to weather the storm when Marquette and the crowd get going.
18 - Double digit scoring games from Khyle Marshall this season, which leads the team. He also has 58 in his career.
370 - Points for Butler's Kellen Dunham this season. With 30 more he will become the 13th player in Butler history to score 400 points in his sophomore season.
2.91:1 - Alex Barlow's assist to turnover ratio, which ranks 2nd in the Big East.
52.3 - Davante Gardner's FG percentage this season, which ranks 6th in the Big East.
29.3 - Marquette is shooting a Big East worst 29.3% from three
6 - Butler has connected on this average number of threes per game this season