Milwaukee, Wis. - Butler (15-6, 5-3) looks to continue to stay in the Big East title hunt with a win at Marquette (10-10, 2-6). The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles are meeting for the first time this season. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect.
TV: FOX Sports Net
Time: 2:00PM EST
Venue:Milwaukee, WI (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
Know Your Foe
Record - 10-10 (2-6)
RPI - 121
Coach - Steve Wojciechowski, 1st Season (10-10 Overall)
Mascot - Golden Eagles
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 11,800
Tale of the Tape
In their first season under former Duke guard and assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski the Golden Eagles are off to a 10-10 start and sit at just 2-6 in the Big East. Marquette dropped the latest game to Seton Hall 80-70 on Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles were led by senior guard Matt Carlino with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Sandy Cohen III added 11 points and 3 assists from the bench. Carolina leads Marquette in scoring on the season at 14.7 points per game, while freshman guard Duane Wilson is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game. Marquette has lost 6 of their past 8 games including 4 in a row.
Butler is off to a 5-3 start in the Big East and looks to add another Big East road win to their resume. The Bulldogs are currently in tied for 4th place in the Big East, but sit just one game back from the league leaders. Butler won their last game out against No.24 Seton Hall 77-57. Butler had five players in double figures against the Pirates and were led by sophomore Andrew Chrabascz with 16 points, while junior Kellen Dunham added 15 points (5/10 FG). First year head coach Chris Holtmann has the team playing extremely well and the Bulldogs are currently 16th in the RPI and continue to build their case for an NCAA tournament bid.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 43.6% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 13.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.8 apg
Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Derrick Wilson - Sr. - 6'1" 210 lbs - 6.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.9 apg
Duane Wilson - Fr. - 6'2" 185 lbs - 11.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg
Matt Carlino - Sr. - 6'2" 175 lbs - 14.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 43.9% 3PT
Juan Anderson - Sr. - 6'6" 215 lbs - 9.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg
Luke Fischer - So. - 6'11" 245 lbs - 10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.0 bpg
Player to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - The redshirt junior continues to impress for Butler during Big East play. He currently averages 13.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. He also leads the team in minute per game at 34.8. While Jones has been important for Butler offensively, he arguable is more important defensively. Jones will also have the task of slowing down Carlino. While he may swap with Barlow at times, Jones provides a bigger guard that will stop the penetration from Carlino.
Kameron Woods - The senior center continues to be impressive on the glass for the Bulldogs. He currently leads the team in rebounding at 9.0 per contest and is also averaging 7.5 points per game. Woods will be matched up against Fischer on the defensive end. With his length, Woods should be able to alter a few of his shots, but will need to get good position against the bigger Marquette center.
Matt Carlino - A graduate transfer from BYU, Carlino became immediately eligible to play at Marquette at the start of this season and he has hit big shot after big shot for the Golden Eagles, including a couple of game winners. He is currently leading Marquette in scoring at 14.7 points per game while shooting 43.9% from 3-point range. Carlino has range out past the NBA line and he isn't afraid to pull the trigger wherever he is on the court.
Luke Fischer - The transfer from Indiana has been a revelation for the Golden Eagles on the interior. He is currently averaging 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in just 27.4 minutes per game. At 6-foot-11 and 245-pounds, Fischer is a handful in the paint. He is shooting 64.1% from the field. One area where he has struggled is the free throw line where he shoots just 59.5% (22/37).
Keys to the Game
Rebounding - Butler leads the Big East in total offensive rebounds and ranks second in total rebounding per game (36.9). The Bulldogs do a great job at crashing the glass and getting second opportunities. Marquette on the other hand struggles on the glass. Their lack of size has the Golden Eagles averaging 31 rebounds per game, which ranks last in the Big East. Butler needs to take advantage of their ability to get on the backboards and dominate an area where they have a clear advantage.
Ball Movement - With 3-4 guard on the court at all times, Marquette has an ability to spread the ball around extremely well. The Golden Eagles are 3rd in the Big East in assists per game (15.7) and also assist to turnover ratio (1.28). Butler averages just 11.5 assists per game, which ranks last in the Big East. Butler will need to play affective team defense in order to control Marquette's passing. If they can stop guard penetration from Carlino, Derrick Wilson, and Duane Wilson, Butler will be in good shape and may keep the Golden Eagles below their 68.1 point per game average.
Inside The Numbers
1,188 - Kellen Dunham's career point total, ranking 25th in Butler history.
8 - Alex Barlow's assist total against Seton Hall, a career-high.
267 - Butler's total offensive rebounds this season, which leads the Big East.
68.1 - Marquette's scoring average this season, ranking 9th in the Big East.
15.7 - Marquette's average assists per game this season, ranking 3rd in the Big East.
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