INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (11-4) hosts Providence (11-4) and looks to start a Big East winning streak. Last season the Bulldogs won just 4 Big East game and only once won two in a row. InsidetheDawgPound looks at what to expect on Tuesday night.
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Indianapolis, IN (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Know Your Foe
Record - 11-4 (1-1)
Coach - Ed Cooley, 4th Season (157-115 Overall)
Mascot - Friars
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 5,100
Tale of the Tape
Providence enters the contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse having won the Big East opener against Creighton but dropping their most recent game against Marquette 75-66. The Friars were led by LaDontae Henton with 28 points and 5 rebounds, while Kris Dunn added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Henton leads Providence in scoring on the season at 21.5 ppg and also rebounding at 5.5 rpg, while Dunn adds 12.6 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, and a team-high 7.4 assists per game. Ed Cooley has the Friars off to another great start and is looking to reach the NCAA tournament for the 2nd consecutive year.
A night after having the interim tag removed from his title, head coach Chris Holtmann led the Bulldogs to a road win against No.15 St. John's in New York. The Bulldogs defeated the Red Storm 73-69. Butler was led by junior Kellen Dunham with 28 points including 6/7 from 3-point range. Alex Barlow (15) and Roosevelt Jones (14) were each in double figures as well. Dunham leads the Bulldogs in scoring on the season at 16.9 points per game while shooting 48.1% from 3-point range, while Jones leads Butler in assists at 4.1 per game, while adding 11.2 points per game.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 7.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 48.1% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 11.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.1 apg
Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg
Kris Dunn - So. - 6'3" 205 lbs - 12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 7.4 apg
Jalen Lindsey - Fr. - 6'7" 195 lbs - 4.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.4 apg
LaDontae Henton - Sr. - 6'6" 215 lbs - 21.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg
Ben Bentil - Fr. - 6'8" 230 lbs - 4.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.6 apg
Carson Desrosiers - Sr. - 7'0" 250 lbs - 7.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 bpg
Player to Watch
Kellen Dunham - Dunham was extremely impressive on the road at St. John's. He found a way to get his shots and knocked them down when he had an opportunity. He finished with 28 point and shot 6/7 3PT. He also made a few extremely intelligent plays to draw fouls and get to the FT line. Butler could use another performance like this if they continue to get limited production from the bench. He currently ranks 3rd in the Big East in scoring at 16.9 ppg.
Kelan Martin - Martin and the rest of the Bulldogs' bench was held scoreless against the Red Storm. Martin finished 0/2 from the field in 7 minutes of action. The Bulldogs need Martin to be an effective scorer in a reserve role for the Bulldogs to be at their best. They cannot rely on the starts to score all of the points in every game. He is currently averaging 8.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game.
LaDontae Henton - Henton leads the Friars in scoring this season and was extremely impressive in their loss to Marquette. He finished with 28 points while shooting 6/12 3PT. Henton is willing and ready to score from anywhere on the floor for Providence. He shoots an average of 16.3 shots per game including 5.3 3-pointers per game.
Kris Dunn - Dunn is the lead guard for Providence and he does an incredible job of facilitating the offense. He is dishing out 7.4 assists per game, while adding 12.6 points of his own per game. He is a little sloppy with the ball and decision making sometimes as he averages 4.2 turnovers per game.
Keys to the Game
Containing Dunn - While Henton is going to get his points and find a way to get the ball in the basket, Dunn is the true lynchpin for the Friars. If the Bulldogs can contain Dunn on the perimeter and in transition, Butler will be in great position to win the game. Dunn will find a match with Alex Barlow or Roosevelt Jones if he doesn't defend Henton.
Bench Production - Butler was held scoreless against St. John's from the bench. That is unlikely to happen against, especially as the Bulldogs return home to Hinkle Fieldhouse. After upsetting No.15 St. John's on the road, Butler will need some production from the bench in order to be successful against the Friars.
57.7 - Butler's scoring defense this season, ranking 25th in the country.
5.1 - Providence's average blocks per game, ranking 38th in the country.
8.9 - Kameron Woods' average rebounding total per game this season, ranking 1st in the Big East.
189 - Butler's offensive rebounding total this year, ranking 1st in the Big East.
82 - Roosevelt Jones' consecutive starts for the Bulldogs.
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