Washington (DC) - Butler (13-5, 3-2) looks to defeat Georgetown (11-5, 3-2) for the second time this season and first in Big East play. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 64-58 at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect Saturday afternoon.
Time: 5:00PM EST
Venue: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Know Your Foe
Record - 11-5 (3-2)
RPI - 30
Coach - John Thompson III, 6th Season (306-151 Overall)
Mascot - Hoyas
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 17,900
Tale of the Tape
The Hoyas responded from a disappointing overtime loss to Providence by beating DePaul 78-72. Georgetown was led by junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera who scored 25 points (6/14 FG) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes, while senior guard Jabril Trawick added 11 points. Smith-Rivera leads the Hoyas in scoring (15.0 ppg) and assists (3.6 apg, while senior center Joshua Smith adds 12.6 ppg and a team-high 6.5 rpg. John Thompson III once again has the Hoyas in position to be a factor in the Big East race. The Hoyas are off to an 11-5 start including 3-2 in the Big East. Georgetown had marquee wins against Florida and Indiana in non-conference play.
Butler won on the road for the second time this season in the Big East when they defeated No.21 Seton Hall 79-75 in overtime. The Bulldogs were led by junior Roosevelt Jones who scored 23 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Senior Kameron Woods added 9 points and 15 rebounds, while junior Kellen Dunham scored 21 points on 7/14 FG. Dunham continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring this season at 16.8 ppg, while Jones is second in scoring (12.2) and first in assists (3.9) per game. Chris Holtmann has restored a lot of the principles and toughness that Butler was used to under the tutelage of former head coach Brad Stevens. He and the Bulldogs are off to a 13-5 start and 3-2 in the Big East.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 45.7% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 12.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.9 apg
Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Jabril Trawick - Sr. - 6'5" 220 lbs - 8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - Jr. - 6'3" 214 lbs - 15.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg
L.J. Peak - Fr. - 6'5" 215 lbs - 9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg
Mikael Hopkins - Sr. - 6'9" 239 lbs - 4.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg
Joshua Smith - Sr. - 6'10" 350 lbs - 12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Player to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - Jones is playing extremely well over the past 4 games. After an inconsistent start to the season, Jones has improved as Big East play has started. He is averaging 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in Big East play. If Jones continues this upward trend with his play, he will find his way onto many Big East award ballots at the end of the year.
Kellen Dunham - Once again Dunham will be a key piece to what Butler does on the court on Saturday afternoon. In the 1st meeting between these two teams, Dunham scored 16 points on 5/10 FG including 2/6 3PT. While the game against the Hoyas was a non-conference affair, the talented junior has been equally effective in Big East play, averaging 17.4 points per game while shooting 42% from the field including 45.8% 3PT.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - The Indianapolis-native is leading the Hoyas in scoring at 15 points per game while shooting 41.1% from the field. He gets the the free throw line an average of 5.1 times per game and connects on 85.2% of his shots from the charity stripe. Smith-Rivera is also the Hoyas' best distributer as he averages 3.6 assists per game.
Joshua Smith - The big-man is always a factor for the Hoyas in the paint. While sometimes Smith will get in foul trouble, the 6-foot-10, 350 pound center is averaging 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1 block per game this season. He is shooting an impressive 63.9% from the field, but 69.4% from the free throw line, the best of his career. While Smith is playing a career high 22.3 minutes per game and also grabbing a career-high 6.5 rebounds per game, he is also averaging a career high in turnovers per game at 2.6.
Keys to the Game
Offensive Rebounding - In the first meeting between the two teams, Georgetown dominated the offensive glass against the Bulldogs 15-9. Despite the differential in second chances, the Hoyas failed to capitalize, dropping the first game against Butler 64-58. In this meeting, Butler will look to attack the glass as they have throughout the season. Butler leads the Big East in offensive rebounding and will need to control the defensive glass as well. Those second chance looks for Georgetown kept the game close and gave the Hoyas a chance to win down the stretch.
Containing Smith-Rivera - Smith-Rivera is one of the most potent scorers in the Big East. The Bulldogs will need to contain the athletic junior guard on the perimeter and force him to shoot from the outside. If Smith-Rivera can get into the paint, he may feed Joshua Smith, Mikael Hopkins, and others for easy looks. Alex Barlow and Roosevelt Jones may each get looks at Smith-Rivera on the perimeter and both pose difficult match-ups for him.
3 - Road wins for Butler this season, which leads the Big East.
9.4 - Averages rebounds per game this season for Kameron Woods, which leads the Big East.
42 - Total steals for Alex Barlow, which is 7th nationally.
112 - Kameron Woods total block shots in his career, 4th all-time at Butler.
5.6 - Georgetown's average blocks per game, which ranks 17th nationally.
421 - Butler's total free throw attempts this season, which leads the Big East.
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