GameDay: Butler vs Xavier

Xavier (11-4, 2-1) are headed to Indianapolis and Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on Butler (11-5, 1-2).

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Xavier (11-4, 2-1) is headed to Indianapolis and Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on Butler (11-5, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon. The two teams have met 50 times over the years, in multiple conferences, with Xavier leading the all-time series 33-17. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.

Game Info

TV: FOXSports1

Radio: 1070AM

Time: 4:30PM EST

Venue: Indianapolis, IN (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

Know Your Foe

Record - 11-4 (2-1)

RPI - 32

Coach - Chris Mack, 6th Season (115-57 Overall)

Mascot - Musketeers

Conference - Big East

Enrollment - 6,500

Tale of the Tape

Xavier is fresh off a 69-58 upset win over No.19 Seton Hall. The Musketeers were led senior guard Dee Davis with 14 points (6/11 FG), while freshman guard Trevor Bluiett added 13 points (5/8 FG). The former 4-star forward, Bluiett, leads Xavier in scoring on the season at 13.1 points per game. Senior center Matt Stainbrook adds 11.8 points and a team best 7.5 rebounds per game. Chris Mack has the Musketeers at 11-4 and playing well after disappointing losses to UTEP, Long Beach State, and Auburn earlier in the year. Xavier has now defeated Missouri, Georgetown, Seton Hall, and Alabama as well.

Butler dropped their last game at home against Providence 66-62. The Bulldogs gave up a second half lead and failed to win their second straight Big East game. Butler was led by junior guard Kellen Dunham with 18 points (6/16 FG), while Alex Barlow (13), Roosevelt Jones (13), and Kameron Woods (11) were each in double figures. Dunham leads the team in scoring on the season at 17 points per game, while Roosevelt Jones adds 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and a team-high 3.9 assists per game. The Bulldogs currently rank 27th in the RPI under first year head coach Chris Holtmann.

Projected Starters

Butler

Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 spg

Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 17.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 47.1% 3PT

Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 apg

Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg

Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg

Xavier

Dee Davis - Sr. - 6'0" 161 lbs - 9.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 5.5 apg

Trevon Bluiett - Fr. - 6'6" - 13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 apg

Remy Abell - Jr. - 6'4" 200 lbs - 9.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.0 apg

James Farr - Jr. - 6'9" 237 lbs - 5.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Matt Stainbrook - Sr. - 6'10" 263 lbs - 11.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg

Player to Watch

Roosevelt Jones - The unique, redshirt-junior is averaging 11.3 points per game, including over 14 points during his last 4 games. The physical forward is the Bulldogs best defender and he will have his hands full with freshman wing Trevor Bluiett. This shouldn't be a new matchup for Jones as he should be fairly familiar with Bluiett after spending the past two or three seasons playing pickup games at Butler when Bluiett visited campus.

Kellen Dunham - Dunham has turned into one of the best scorers in the Big East. The junior leads Butler at 17 points per game, while connecting on 47.1% (41/87) from 3-point range. He is also shooting 86.7% (65/75) on his FTs this season. He will likely draw Remy Abell on the defensive end of the floor.

Trevon Bluiett - Bluiett, a former 4-star forward, was highly recruited by Butler and would probably be in Indianapolis had Brad Stevens remained on the sideline for Butler. He has been the Musketeers most consistent threat offensively this season. The freshman from Park Tudor (IN) High School is averaging 13.1 points per game while shooting 46.4% from the field including 37.7% from 3-point range.

Matt Stainbrook - The senior has been impressive over his career at being consistent on the inside. He uses his body and frame to grab rebounds, gain position, and score on the block. He is averaging 11.8 points per game this season and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. He does a great job getting to the free throw line and converts at 74.2% for the season.

Keys to the Game

Butler Containing Davis - Senior guard Dee Davis is the catalyst for the Musketeers. He leads Xavier at 5.5 assists per game and has a 2.28 assist to turnover ratio. His ability to set up other players has led to Xavier shooting a Big East best 49.8% from the field. He can also finish for himself as he is shooting 44.1% from the field and 34.1% from 3-point range. Davis should draw a good defender in Alex Barlow.

Dunham Getting Shots Off - In the past few years, Butler has struggled to get Dunham open against the athleticism and length of Xavier. The junior averaged just 6.7 points per game while shooting 20% from the field against the Musketeers a year ago. Butler needs Roosevelt Jones and Alex Barlow to be able to penetrate and kick to Dunham on the perimeter. Dunham has improved his ability to create his own shot this year as well, which could prove important.

Notable Stats

13-12 - Butler's all-time record against Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

144 - Kameron Woods' total rebounds this season, which leads the Big East and ranks 14th in the country.

86.7 - Kellen Dunham's FT%, which ranks 3rd in the Big East.

28% - Butler opponents' 3PT% this season, which leads the Big East and ranks 23rd in the country.

49.8% - Xavier's FG%, which leads the Big East and ranks 12th in the country.

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