Preview: #18 Creighton at Butler

Butler (12-12, 2-10) hosts #18 Creighton (19-4, 9-2) who currently sits in 2nd place in the Big East. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (12-12, 2-10) hosts #18 Creighton (19-4, 9-2) who currently sits in 2nd place in the Big East. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.

Know Your Foe

Record - 19-4 (9-2)

Coach - Greg McDermott, 4th Season - 99-34 (370-232 Overall)

Mascot - Bluejays, Billy the BlueJay

Conference - Big East

Enrollment - 7,800

Tale of the Tape

Butler enters the game struggling in the Big East and has lost three straight with their most recently loss coming on Tuesday night to Xavier 64-50. The Bulldogs were led by Alex Barlow who scored 11 points, while Elijah Brown had 14 points off the bench. Despite just 2 points against the Musketeers sophomore Kellen Dunham continues to lead Butler in scoring at 16.8 points per game. Senior Khyle Mrashall sits second in scoring, 14.9, and rebounding 4.9. First year coach Brandon Miller continues to fight through the struggles and has led Butler to a 12-12 record including 2-10 in the Big East.

Creighton continues to be ranked nationally and sit at 2nd in the Big East at 9-2 (19-4 overall). Despite sitting in 2nd place in the Big East, the Bluejays dropped their last game to St. John's 70-65. Creighton was led by All-American Doug McDermott with 25 points and 5 rebounds, while Grant Gibbs added 12 points and 11 rebounds. McDermott continues to lead the Big East and Creighton in scoring at 25.3 points per game, while Ethan Wragge is second in scoring at 11.6 and rebounding 4.1. Greg McDermott has the Bluejays on the verge of twenty wins at 19-4 overall and is looking for his 100th victory at Creighton.

Butler ran into a buzzsaw against Creighton at home in Omaha the 1st meeting. The Bluejays won 88-60 led by Doug McDermott who scored 28 points in 27 minutes of action. Butler was led by Kellen Dunham with 12 points on 5/14 shooting. Creighton shot 55.6% while Butler struggled at 35.3% from the field.

Players to Watch

Kellen Dunham - Dunham has hit a little slump during the past two weeks. Over that span the sophomore is averaging 10.5 points per game while shooting 28.8% from the field. He continues to lead Butler in scoring at 16.8 points per game and is the Bulldogs' most potent weapon from the perimeter.

Khyle Marshall - Marshall has been consist this season scoring in double figures in 20 of 24 games for Butler this season. The senior forward is averaging 14.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this season. Marshall is shooting 53.4%, which is 2nd in the Big East.

Andrew Chrabascz - Ever since Chrabascz was inserted into the starting lineup, he has excelled and is averaging 13 points per game in four games. The freshman forward is now averaging 6.1 points and 3 rebounds per game for Butler. He is also shooting 79% from the free throw line.

Doug McDermott - The All-American is leading the Big East in scoring at 25.3 points per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. He is also shooting 42.7% from three point range and 89.4% from the free throw line. McDermott scored a game-high 28 points in 27 minutes of action against Butler in their first meeting. The Bulldogs struggled to contain McDermott, who scored at will from all over the court.

Ethan Wragge - The senior forward continues to be second on the team in scoring and rebounding. The Minnesota-native averages 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Wragge is one of the best 3-point shooters in the country connecting on 49.4% of his three point attempts and is a shooting 48.8% from the field. In the first meeting against Butler Wragge hit his only two attempts from three (2/2 FG) scoring 6 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.

Grant Gibbs - He returns from a 6 game absence and looked comfortable in his second game back against St. John's where he scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The senior guard is leading the Bluejays in assists at 4.5 per game while averaging 6.5 points per game. Gibbs missed the first meeting between these two teams in Omaha.

Keys to the Game

Containing McDermott - This will once again be key for Butler to have success in keeping up with the Bluejays. McDermott scored at will against the Bulldogs in the first meeting. McDermott finished with 28 points in 27 minutes and overmatched Kameron Woods on the block and from the perimeter. Has Woods learned from the first matchup?

Perimeter Shoting - The Bluejays lead the Big East in shooting from three at 41.8%, while Butler shoots 32.7%, 8th in the Big East. Butler will need to shoot well from the perimeter to have a chance due to Creighton's size in the paint and ability to score in bunches.

Offensive Rebounding - While Creighton has a size advantage on the interior, Butler will have the quickness edge with Woods, Chrabascz, Marshall and Fromm. The Bulldogs need to use that to their advantage by crashing the offensive glass. If Butler shoots poorly from the perimeter they will need offensive rebounds to continue to stay close to Creighton. Butler averages 10.8 offensive rebounds per game which is 7th in the Big East, while Creighton averages 27.3 defensive rebounds per game, which leads the Big East.

Notable Stats

1974 - The last time Creighton has played at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

46 - Butler's shooting percentage at Hinkle this season.

16.8 - Kellen Dunham's scoring average, which ranks 6th in the Big East.

1,267 - Khyle Marshall's career point total which ranks 20th in Butler history.

60 - Number of games that Khyle Marshall has scored in double figures in his career.

2 - Kellen Dunham's scoring total against Xavier, his lowest of the season.


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