INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (1-0) looks to win back-to-back games to start the season at Hinkle Fieldhouse when they take on Chattanooga (1-1) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
TV: FOX Sports 2
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
Know Your Foe
Record - 1-1 (0-0)
Coach - Will Wade, 2nd Season, 19-16 Overall
Mascot - Mocs
Conference - Southern Conference
Enrollment - 11,429
Tale of the Tape
Chattanooga and 2nd year head coach Will Wade enter the game having split the first two games of the season. The Mocs lost their most recent game to #3 Wisconsin 89-45, but were led by Ronrico White who scored 15 points on 6/13 shooting. Forward Casey Jones and center Justin Tuoyo added 12 and 11 respectively. The game in Indianapolis is the second of three consecutive games on the road for the Mocs.
Butler finished off the Black Bears of Maine easily in the opener 99-57. The Bulldogs were led by junior guard Kellen Dunham with 18 points including 5/7 3-point shooting. Roosevelt Jones made his return to the Butler lineup after missing all of last season with a wrist injury. The red-shirt junior scored 14 points, dished out 9 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds, and had 2 steals. Freshman Kelan Martin (12 points) and Tyler Wideman (8 points) both had an impact in their first game as Bulldogs. Interim coach Chris Holtmann looked comfortable on the sideline for the Bulldogs.
Players to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - Jones returned to the court with a bang against Maine. The red-shirt small forward had 14 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals against the Black Bears in 29 minutes. He made his teammates better and helped on both ends of the floor. Look for Jones to continue to improve as the season goes on and make an even bigger impact.
Kameron Woods - Butler's leading rebound from a season ago started off the 2014-15 season well. The senior forward grabbed 6 rebounds, had 4 assists, and scored 10 points. Woods will be important in handling some of the Mocs size and limiting them on the offensive glass.
Kellen Dunham - Dunham led the Bulldogs in scoring once again in the opener after leading the team in scoring last season. He was on fire from three, especially in transition against Maine. Dunham is going to get more open looks with Jones handling some of the point guard duties, Kelan Martin's ability to penetrate, and the development of sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz on the block.
Casey Jones - The junior guard leads the Mocs in scoring at 12 points per game, while shooting 40% from the field. Jones is attempting more shots than ever before in his career. He loves to attack the basket and has gotten to the free throw line 13 times in the first two games. He won't stretch the floor often and does his scoring inside the arc.
Ronrico White - White has been ultra-efficient this season from the field. He has shot 52.9% from the field including 44.4% from beyond the arc. The senior guard from Knoxville, TN gives the Mocs a threat from the perimeter and has the ability to create for others. White averaged 2.4 assists last season to go along with 10.8 points per game.
Justin Tuoyo - The 6-foot 10 center from Fayetteville, GA is averaging 11 points and 8 rebounds per game. The sophomore big man is shooting over 57% from the field including 40% from 3-point range. He also affects the game on the defensive end averaging 2.5 blocks per game.
Keys to the Game
Two Lines - While Butler's rotation appears to settle around 8, Chattanooga has played 10 players more than 13 minutes in each of their first two games. It may have been difficult for Butler to get a read on who exactly will rotate into the game. The Bulldogs may have their conditioning tested as the Mocs throw fresh players at them throughout the game. Butler will need to work on developing depth on the bench in these non-conference games.
The Jones Effect - InsidetheDawgPound highlights this once again, because Jones will continue to be one of the most important, if not the most important player, on the court for the Bulldogs. Jones made an impact all over the court in the opener against Maine and if Butler is successful again, it may be due to the redshirt-junior's efforts.
Free Throws - It was another rough outing for Butler from the free throw line. While Butler recovered to shoot a respectable number last season from the charity stripe, the beginning of last season was a struggle. It was the same Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse where they shot 9/16 (56.3%) from the charity stripe. Only one player was perfect from the free throw line against Maine (Austin Etherington) while six others missed at least one free throw.
14 - Butler has won this number of games in a row against non-conference opponents at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
71.9 - Butler's record setting final field goal percentage in a game (set against Maine).
29 - Butler's assists against Maine.
9 - Roosevelt Jones assists number against Maine, a career high.
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