INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (12-5, 2-2) heads to New Jersey to take on No.21 Seton Hall (13-3, 3-1). The Bulldogs are looking to start a winning streak in the Big East for just the second time in their two year history in the Big East. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
Know Your Foe
Record - 13-3 (3-1)
RPI - 12
Coach - Kevin Willard, 5th Season (124-68 Overall)
Mascot - Pirates
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 9,900
Tale of the Tape
The Pirates have rebounded after dropping their first game in the Big East to Xavier by defeating Creighton on the road 68-67. Seton Hall was led by junior guard Sterling Gibbs with 22 points (8/16 FG) while freshman guard Khadeen Carrington added 11 points off the bench. The Pirates were again without freshman start Isaiah Whitehead against the Bluejays (stress fracture). Gibbs leads the Pirates in scoring averaging 16.4 ppg, while Whitehead remains second averaging 11.9 ppg and 3.4 apg. Kevin Willard has Seton Hall nationally ranked at number 21 and off to their best start in years. The Pirates currently sit in 1st place in the Big East.
Butler took down rival Xavier in their latest game at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs improved their conference record to 2-2 with the 88-76 victory over the Musketeers. All 5 starters for the Bulldogs were in double figures led by sophomore Andrew Chrabascz with a season-high 19 points including 7/9 FTs. Senior Kameron Woods led Butler with 11 rebounds and added 13 points. Chris Holtmann has helped Butler start the Big East schedule at .500 and currently sit with an RPI of 23.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 46.6% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 11.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.1 apg
Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 9.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Jaren Sina - So. - 6'2" 185 lbs - 7.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg
Sterling Gibbs - Jr. - 6'2" 185 lbs - 16.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.9 apg
Haralds Karlis - Sr. - 6'6" 210 lbs - 2.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.1 apg
Brandon Mobley - Sr. - 6'9" 225 lbs - 10 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 apg
Angel Delgado - Fr. - 6'9" 225 lbs - 8.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.8 apg
Player to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - Jones has played 3 consecutive quality games against St. John's, Providence, and Xavier. He has scored in double figures in each game (14, 13, and 16) while averaging 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. The junior does it all for Butler and the Bulldogs will need another quality game offensively for Jones as well as defensively.
Kameron Woods - Woods will have one of his biggest challenges of the year against the Priates. The front line of Mobley and Delgado are some of the biggest and most effective on the glass in the Big East. Woods will need to continue his quality rebounding (9.1 rpg) and have an effect on the defensive glass.
Sterling Gibbs - Gibbs is one of the most athletic dynamic scorers in the Big East. The junior is averaging 16.4 points per game while shooting 46.6% from 3-point range, which leads the Big East. He also lead the Pirates in assists at 3.9 points per game.
Keys to the Game
Butler Containing Gibbs - Gibbs leads the Pirates in scoring 16.4 ppg and leads the Big East in 3-point shooting. It will be interesting to see who Butler puts on Gibbs. They have the option of Barlow, who may force touch perimeter shots for Gibbs, while Jones could prevent penetration more effectively than stopping Gibbs on the perimeter. The Bulldogs need to shut down the catalyst for the Pirates as they will also be missing 5-star freshman Isaiah Whitehead.
Free Throw Shooting - Free shooting could be very important for the Bulldogs down the stretch on the road at 1st place Seton Hall. The Pirates struggle from the line shooting just 64.2% from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs converted on a season high 76.2% of their free throws (32/42) against Xavier. While the Bulldogs may not get that many opportunities at the line against Seton Hall on the road, but will need to shoot better than their 66.9% average for the year.
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