INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - After defeating the University of Chicago 88-45 last Saturday, but faces Franklin College in their final pre-season game on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Time: 2PM EST
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
Know Your Foe
Record Last Season - 10-16 (7-11)
Coach - Kerry Prather
Mascot - Grizzlies
Conference - Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
Enrollment - 1,047
Tale of the Tape
After a convincing victory in their exhibition opener against the University of Chicago, 88-45, Butler looks to keep the momentum rolling in their final exhibition game. The Bulldogs finished with five players in double-figures against he Maroons, led by junior guard Kellen Dunham, who finished with 18 points on 6/13 FG. Kameron Woods and Andrew Chrabascz each added 12, while Austin Etherington and Alex Barlow each had 10.
In his first game back after over a year off, junior forward Roosevelt Jones made winning plays all over the court. Jones finished with 8 points (4/6 FG), 8 assists, 5 steals, 3 rebounds, and 1 block. He looked energetic all night, while even throwing down a one-handed dunk in transition.
Butler and interim head coach Chris Holtmann will continue to look to get more playing time for the new additions to his squad. Freshman Kelan Martin finished 8 points (4/14 FG) in 23 minutes, while Jackson Davis was held scoreless in 9 minutes of action. Fellow freshman Tyler Wideman missed the game with a concussion.
Players to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - It will be interesting to see how Jones continues to progress throughout the season. Butler will rely on the junior guard to anchor it's defense, likely guarding the best offensive player, while helping to space the offense. As time goes on this season, the Big East and the rest of the country will remember what an asset Jones is and he should exceed his Honorable Mention preseason all-Big East honors.
Kelan Martin - Martin was aggressive in the opener against the University of Chicago. He attempted 14 shots in 23 minutes, but was unable to connect on any of his deep-balls. Look for Martin to get more efficient and comfortable against the Grizzlies if he can attack the basket and continue to be aggressive. He will be a key to Butler's offense as the potential 6th man.
Austin Etherington - Etherington needs to be a marksman from the 3-point line. The junior forward finished 0/3 from three during the exhibition opener and needs to be able to knock down the open jumper for Butler to have success and space the floor. If he cannot provide a spark off the bench from deep, teams will be much more aggressive on fellow sharpshooter Kellen Dunham.
Keys to the Game
Three Point Shooting - The Bulldogs will need to be more efficient from three this season in order to have success. The team finished just 6/20 (30%) from three against the University of Chicago. The team has sufficient three point threats in Kellen Dunham, Austin Etherington, and Kelan Martin, but only Dunham (2/7 3PT) converted against the Maroons.
The Jones Effect - As we spotlighted before last game, Roosevelt Jones makes others better and his presence on the court should all for a better flow not only on offense, but also on the defensive end. Jones finished with 8 assists and 8 points in the opener and his continued progression throughout the season will be important for what Butler wants to do both offensively and defensively.
Fast Start - The Bulldogs started a little slow against the Maroons. There were times last season where that was also the case and Butler had a difficult time during those games. Butler went on to dominate the second half (53-22), but it will be imperative to get off to great starts this season.
45.1 - Kellen Dunham's 3-point percentage in the Bulldogs 14 victories last season.
9.6 - Andrew Chrabascz average points per game during his 10 starts last season.
270 - Kameron Woods' total rebounds last season finishing 11th all-time at Butler.
2011 - The last time Butler met Franklin was during the 2011 exhibition schedule where Butler won 91-53.