Washington (DC) - Butler (12-10, 2-8) travels to Georgetown (13-9, 4-6) looking for redemption after an overtime loss to the Hoyas at Hinkle Fieldhouse. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect in Washington, DC.
Know Your Foe
Record - 13-9 (4-6)
Coach - John Thompson III, 10th Season - 222-66 (290-139 Overall)
Mascot - Hoyas, Georgetown University Jack the Bulldog
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 17,400
Tale of the Tape
Butler is coming off a difficult loss to Marquette on the road in Milwaukee. The Bulldogs led for much of the game, but were unable to close out the Golden Eagles falling 69-62. Butler was led by sophomore Kellen Dunham with 16 points, while Khyle Marshall scored 13 points and collected 5 rebounds. The Bulldogs continue to be led by Dunham, who is averaging 17.5 points per game, while Marshall adds 15.5 points and 5 rebounds. First year head coach Brandon Miller has the Bulldogs at 12-10 on the season including 2-8 in the Bulldogs inaugural Big East campaign.
Georgetown enters the game having won two in a row over Michigan State and DePaul. The Hoyas defeated the Blue Demons 71-59 and were led by Markel Starks who finished with 26 points (11/14 FT) and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 17 points. Georgetown is led by Smith-Rivera and Starks who are both averaging 16.8 points per game. John Thompson III has led Georgetown to a 13-9 record overall and 4-6 in the Big East.
Georgetown won the first meeting 70-67 in overtime at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Hoyas were led by Smith-Rivera with 18 points, while Starks added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Butler was led by Kellen Dunham with21 points, while Khyle Marshall added 18 points. Georgetown leads the all-time series 2-0.
Players to Watch
Kellen Dunham - Dunham had an impressive game against the Hoyas in the first meeting. He finished with 21 points on 6/19 shooting. The sophomore guard is averaging 17.5 points per game this season, which continues to lead the Bulldogs. He is shooting 39.2% on the season from three point range.
Khyle Marshall - Marshall had 18 points on 6/12 shooting from the field. The senior forward is averaging 15.5 points and 5 rebounds on the season, his most statistically impressive of his career. Marshall will need to have a solid game against the athletic big-men of Georgetown for Butler to have success.
Andrew Chrabascz - The freshman had his biggest game of the season when he scored a career-high 14 points. Chrabascz is averaging 5.3 points and 3 rebounds per game. He has finished with double-figures scoring in his past two games and is averaging 9.25 points per game over the past 4 games.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - DSR had a successful return to his hometown of Indianapolis in the first meeting between Butler and Georgetown. The sophomore guard had 18 points on 7/16 shooting. He is averaging 16.8 points per game to go along with his 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Markel Starks - Starks has been on fire for the Hoyas. He is averaging 22.2 points over the past 5 games for Georgetown. Starks had 15 points on 5/14 shooting for the Hoyas in the first meeting between the two teams. Starks is now tied for the team lead in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He is also shooting 33.6% from three point range.
Jabril Trawick - Trawick is back after missing a few games earlier this season, but put his scoring ability on display in the last outing for the Hoyas. The physical guard scored 15 points on 5/8 shooting. He is now averaging 7.4 points and 2.4 rebounds this season as a junior.
Keys to the Game
Foul Trouble - Georgetown had foul difficulty against the Bulldogs in game 1. Three front court players (Lubick, Hopkins, and Ayegba) for Georgetown fouled out and Butler was able to take advantage and force overtime, but couldn't grab the victory in overtime. This time the Bulldogs will need to be more assertive down low with Chrabascz, Marshall, and Woods.
Guard Play - The Hoyas feature some of the best guards in the Big East. Smith-Rivera, Starks, Aaron Bowen, and Trawick offer Georgetown options for scoring from the perimeter. It will be up to Alex Barlow, Kellen Dunham and Elijah Brown to keep up with the trio of guards offensively and also slow them down on the defensive end.
Hopkins vs Woods - This is a battle of long athletic front court players for each team. Woods leads the Big East in rebounding at 9.3 per game and is 10th in the conference in blocked shots at 1.05 per game. Hopkins is 14th in the Big East in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game, while 3rd in the conference in blocked shots at 1.64 per game. Woods and Hopkins each finished with just 2 points in the first meeting, but the junior for Butler had the advantage on the glass 10 to 5.
17.5 - Kellen Dunham's team-high scoring averaging, which ranks 4th in the Big East.
9 - Number of games Khyle Marshall has scored in double figures.
16.8 - D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks team-high scoring averaging
553 - Kameron Woods all-time total rebounds, which ranks 18th in Butler history.
30.7 - Butler ranks 2nd in the Big East in 3-point percentage defense
54.8 - Khyle Marshall's field goal percentage this season, which ranks 2nd in the Big East.