INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (2-0) looks to remain unbeaten both on the season and at home as they take on Loyola (MD) (2-1) on Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
TV: FOX Sports 2
Time: 5:00PM EST
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
Know Your Foe
Record - 2-1 (0-0)
Coach - G.G. Smith, 2nd Season (13-20 Overall)
Mascot - Greyhounds
Conference - Patriot League
Enrollment - 6,100
Tale of the Tape
G.G. Smith leads the Greyhounds into Hinkle Fieldhouse on a two game winning streak including a 45-38 win over UMBC (Maryland Baltimore County) in their last game. The Greyhounds were led by freshman guard Andre Walker with 16 points in a reserve role. Walker leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game including shooting 90.5% from the FT line. Junior wing Eric Laster adds 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 46.2% from 3.
Butler has won their opening two games of the season by a combined 64 points. The latest win was against Chattanooga 70-48. The Bulldogs were led by Kellen Dunham who had a game-high 26 points. Kameron Woods added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the win. Interim coach Chris Holtmann has settled into an 8 man rotation featuring Alex Barlow, Roosevelt Jones, Andrew Chrabascz, Woods, and Dunham as the starters with Austin Etherington, Kelan Martin, and Tyler Wideman coming off the bench.
Players to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - The redshirt junior has been sharing the ball extremely well during the opening two games the season. Jones is averaging 8 assists per game to go along with his 11 points and 4 rebounds per game. The difference that he provides on both ends of the floor is extremely apparent.
Kellen Dunham - Dunham is off and running again this season. Butler's leading scorer from a year ago is averaging 22 points per game while shooting 59.1% from the field and 58.3% from the 3 point line. At times he reminds me of former Creighton star Kyle Korver.
Kelan Martin - After opening his career scoring in double digits (12) against Maine, Martin was held scoreless in 9 minutes against Chattanooga. Martin is a willing shooter out past the 3-point line and he should be able to bounce back against the Greyhounds.
Andre Walker - The freshman guard has been prolific for the Greyhounds early this season. He leads the team in scoring (14.7), assists (1.7), and is tied for 3rd in rebounding (4.7). Laster is shooting 90.5% from the FT line (19/21).
Eric Laster - The 6-foot-6 junior from Delaware is 2nd on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game. He is shooting 41.9% from the field including 46.2% from 3-point range. He is struggling from the free throw line shooting just 33%. He uses his length to get on the offensive glass where he averages over 2 offensive rebounds per game.
Jarred Jones - The 6-foot-7 wing is Loyola (MD)'s most effective rebounder. He is leading the team at 7.5 rebounds per game. To go along with the rebounding, Jones is averaging 6.5 points per game. Jones does all of his work in the paint.
Keys to the Game
Team Defense - Loyola (MD) is averaging just 60 points per game, which ranks 291st in the country and shooting just 33.8% from the field, ranking 333rd. If Butler pressures the Greyhounds and plays solid team defense, the Bulldogs won't need too much offense to outpace their opponent.
The Season of Giving - Butler is really taking the holiday season to heart. The Bulldogs are averaging 20 assists per game this season and they are led in that category by Roosevelt Jones. Passing the ball well has led to more efficient looks from the floor and 57.3% field goal shooting. If Butler can pass the ball well again, the Bulldogs should pull this game out.
Free Throws - This will be an area that will be a key focus all season long. The Bulldogs have struggled out of the gate from the free throw line shooting just 60% through two games. Roosevelt Jones, Kameron Woods, and Tyler Wideman are all shooting below the team average. The Bulldogs will need to improve this area in order to put away close games in the coming weeks.
13th - After his career-high 16 rebounds against Chattanooga, Kameron Woods moved to 13th on the all-time rebounding list.
10 - Kameron Woods now has 10 double-doubles in his career.
69 - Number of consecutive starts for red-shirt junior Roosevelt Jones.
37 - Butler has forced 37 turnovers this season from their opponents, while surrendering only 23.
36.6 - Opponents field goal percentage against Butler this season. Loyola (MD) enters the game shooting 33.3% from the field.
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