INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (14-6, 4-3) looks to continue its winning ways against No.24 Seton Hall (13-5, 3-3) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs have won 3 of their past 4 meetings with the Pirates, including a win in New Jersey just 12 days ago 79-75 in overtime. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.
TV: FOX Sports Net
Time: 3:00PM EST
Venue:Indianapolis, IN (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Know Your Foe
Record - 13-5 (3-3)
RPI - 35
Coach - Kevin Willard, 5th Season (124-70 Overall)
Mascot - Pirates
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 9,900
Tale of the Tape
Seton Hall has lost 3 of their past 4 games in the Big East after starting the year 2-0. Their latest defeat came at the hands of DePaul 64-60 in Chicago. The Pirates were led by freshman center Angel Delgado who finished with 19 points and 19 rebounds (8 offensive). Freshman guard Khadeen Carrington added 12 points, while leading scorer Sterling Gibbs shot just 2/16 FG and finished with 8 points. The 24th ranked Pirates started the season 12-2 before dropping 3 of their past 4 games. Fifth year head coach Kevin Williard has the Pirates playing an exciting brand of basketball, which has been fueled by his recruiting efforts in landing the likes of Gibbs (Texas-transfer), former 5-star Isaiah Whitehead, and Delgado.
The Bulldogs matched their Big East win total from a season ago with their 64-61 victory over Creighton. The winless-in-the-Big East Bluejays fought valiantly against the Bulldogs but couldn't seize the victory on the road. Butler was led by redshirt junior Roosevelt Jones who had 18 points (8/17 FG), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. Sophomore Andrew Chrabascz finished with 13 points, while senior Kameron Woods added 12 points and 5 rebounds. First year head coach Chris Holtmann has the Bulldogs in position to remain in the hunt for the Big East regular season title with the win. Butler is 19 in the RPI and has built a solid resume for the NCAA tournament.
These two teams met just 12 days ago in Newark where Butler defeated Seton Hall 79-75 in overtime. Roosevelt Jones led the Bulldogs in scoring with 23 points, while Dunham added 21 points (2/6 3PT) and Woods had 9 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Sterling Gibbs tried to keep Seton Hall alive and led the Piratesl with a game-high 30 points (9/16 FG) including 6/9 from the 3-point line before fouling out with 2 minutes to go in overtime, which proved to be too much for his teammates to overcome. Freshman Angel Delgado added 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 all-time against Seton Hall.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 43.3% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 13.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 apg
Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 9.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Jaren Sina - So. - 6'2" 185 lbs - 7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg
Sterling Gibbs - Jr. - 6'2" 185 lbs - 16.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.4 apg
Haralds Karlis - Sr. - 6'6" 210 lbs - 2.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.1 apg
Brandon Mobley - Sr. - 6'9" 225 lbs - 9.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.7 apg
Angel Delgado - Fr. - 6'9" 225 lbs - 9.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 0.7 apg
Player to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - Jones has been on fire in Big East play. The redshirt junior shook off the rust from earlier this year, after missing an entire season, and is playing like a potential Big East Player of the Year candidate. Jones is now averaging 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and a team-high 3.9 assists per game. In the last meeting, Jones scored a team-high 23 points and led Butler to an overtime victory on the road.
Andrew Chrabascz - Chrabascz will be key in the paint for Butler. The Pirates have a solid front line with Angel Delgado and Brandon Mobley and Butler will need him to play solid defense without fouling. In the last game against Seton Hall, Chrabascz fouled out, but scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Sterling Gibbs - The transfer from Texas is having an excellent season for the Pirates. He is currently averaging 16.7 points per game, which ranks 3rd in the Big East. His ability to get to the free throw line is another huge asset for Seton Hall's offense. Since Gibbs is shooting 45.9% from 3-point range, he is able to use that threat to penetrate and create opportunities at the FT line. He is shooting 70% from the charity stripe and averages 5 attempts per game.
Isaiah Whitehead - The former 5-star guard will miss a game against Butler for the 2nd time and his 8 consecutive game. Whitehead provides another scoring threat for the Pirates to go along with Gibbs and Carrington. Without Whitehead Seton Hall will need a solid game from others in their backcourt like point guard Jared Sina.
Keys to the Game
Defensive Rebounding - With the size and mobility of the Seton Hall front court, Butler will need a solid effort on the glass. Angel Delgado leads the Big East in rebounding at 9.6 per game and the Pirates are averaging a Big East-best 13.1 offensive rebounds per game. Kameron Woods, Tyler Wideman, and Andrew Chrabascz will have their hands full not only rebounding Seton Hall misses, but also attempting to grab offensive rebounds of their own.
Inside/Outside Combinations - Gibbs and Delgado are one of the most impressive inside/outside combinations in the Big East. The duo combines for 26.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. Even if Butler is able to create missed opportunities from Gibbs they need to control Delgado's second chance points.
Inside The Numbers
5 - Butler and Seton Hall are meeting for the 5th time in under a year.
11 - Butler's average number of turnovers per game.
3-2 - Butler's record against Top 25 teams this season.
1173 - Kellen Dunham's career point total, which ranks 25th in school history.
35.1% - Seton Hall's 3PT shooting percentage, ranking 4th in the Big East.
0.96 - Seton Hall's assist to turnover ratio, ranking 9th in the Big East.
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