Preview: Xavier vs Butler

Butler (12-11, 2-9) hosts conference-rival Xavier (16-7, 6-4) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. InsideTheDawgPound looks at what to expect.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) -Butler (12-11, 2-9) hosts conference-rival Xavier (16-7, 6-4) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. InsideTheDawgPound looks at what to expect.

Know Your Foe

Record - 16-7 (6-4)

Coach - Chris Mack - 5th Season - 106-51

Mascot - Musketeers, D'Artagnan the Musketeer

Conference - Big East

Enrollment - 6,650

Tale of the Tape

Butler has lost two in a row dropping games to Marquette and Georgetown. The Bulldogs lost to Georgetown on Saturday 71-63 in yet another close, tough loss in the Big East. Butler was led by freshman Andrew Chrabascz who finished with 24 points on 9/13 shooting, while Kellen Dunham added 15 points. Dunham continues to lead Butler in scoring on the season at 17.4 points per game. Khyle Marshall is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game. First year head coach Brandon Miller has led the Bulldogs to a 12-11 record including a 2-9 record in the Big East.

Xavier snapped a three game losing streak with a win over Providence 59-53 on Friday. The Musketeers were led by Justin Martin and Matt Stainbrook who each scored 13 points, while Semaj Christon scored 12 points and had 3 assists. Christon leads the Musketeers in scoring at 16.9 points per game, while Stainbrook chips in 11.3 points and leads Xavier in rebounding at 8.9 per game. Chris Mack has led Xavier to a 16-7 record including 6-4 in the Big East.

The first meeting between the Bulldogs and Musketeers came down to the final five minutes with Xavier pulling away for a 79-68 win. Khyle Marshall led Butler with 14 points, while Semaj Christon led all scorers with 20 points for Xavier.

Players to Watch

Kellen Dunham - Dunham continues to impress from the perimeter for Butler. The sophomore guard is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game. He continues to shoot nearly 40% from three point range while shooting 82.6% from the free throw line. Dunham had just 11 points against the Musketeers in the first meeting.

Khyle Marshall - Butler had a breakout performance from Chrabascz last game and needs another forward to compliment the freshman. Marshall continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring on the interior. He is averaging 15.3 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 54.1% from the field.

Andrew Chrabascz - The freshman forward scored a career high 24 points in his last game. Chrabascz scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the first meeting with Xavier earlier this season. He is now averaging 6.1 points and 3 rebounds this season.

Semaj Christon - The NBA-caliber guard is having a great sophomore season. He leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game while sitting second in assists at 4.0 per game. Not only can Christon create off the dribble but he shoots the ball well from distance (44.8%). Christon has scored in double-figures in all but 3 games this season. He scored a game-high 20 points in the first meeting with Butler.

Matt Stainbrook - Xavier's second leading scorer at 11.3 points per game, Stainbrook leads the team in rebounding at 8.9 rebounds. Stainbrook connects on 51.9% from the field. Stainbrook finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds in the first meeting with the Bulldogs.

Dee Davis - The lead-guard for the Musketeers, Davis leads the team in assists at 4.6 per game. He is shooting 32.8% from three point range, but connecting on 85.4% from the free throw line. Davis finished with 12 points, but just 1 assists in the first meeting with Butler.

Keys to the Game

Ball Control - Butler turned the ball over 15 times in the first meeting against Xavier. The pressure defense from Xavier rattled the Bulldogs and created opportunities for Xavier. The Musketeers held onto the ball much better, turning it over just 8 times. Butler will need to control the ball and make better decisions.

Outside Shooting - Butler is having an uncharacteristically poor outside shooting season. The Bulldogs are shooting just 33% from three point range, which ranks 8th in the Big East. Xavier on the other hand is shooting it well from distance. The Musketeers are shooting 35.6% from three point range, which ranks 3rd in the Big East. Butler shot just 6/17 in the first meeting, while Xavier shot only 3/9.

Freshman Contributions - In the 1st meeting with Xavier, the Butler freshmen had a big impact. Elijah Brown scored 10 points on 3/8 shooting (2/6 3PT) while Chrabascz finished with 9 points on 2/2 shooting. The Bulldogs were in the game and had a chance to win down the stretch. If Butler wants to contend for another win against Xavier, the Bulldogs will have to have another big game from their freshmen.

Notable Stats

15.0 - Andrew Chrabascz's scoring averaging as a starter this season.

17.4 - Kellen Dunham's scoring average which leads the team and ranks 4th in the Big East.

9.1 - Kameron Woods' rebounding average, which leads the team and ranks 1st in the Big East.

73.7 - Xavier's PPG this season, which ranks 4th in the Big East.

6 - Xavier's Matt Stainbrooks double-double number this season, tied for 1st in the Big East.

68.2 - Xavier's free throw shooting percentage, which ranks 7th in the Big East.


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