OMAHA, Neb. - Butler (18-7, 8-4) looks to bounce back after a difficult loss to Villanova on Saturday, when they travel to Omaha to take on Creighton on Monday night. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect on Monday night.
Time: 8:15PM EST
Venue: Omaha, Nebraska (CenturyLink Center)
Know Your Foe
Record - 12-14 (3-10)
RPI - 125
Coach - Greg McDermott, 5th Season (390-250 Overall)
Mascot - BlueJays
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 8,000
Tale of the Tape
Creighton has rebounded after starting the Big East season 0-8 by winning 3 of their past 5 games. The latest win came against Marquette on Saturday 77-70 in Omaha. Transfer Rick Krakow scored 19 points (6/7 FG) and grabbed 7 rebounds, while senior guard Devin Brooks added 13 points and had 6 assists. Senior guard Austin Chatman continues to lead the BlueJays in scoring with 10.3 points per game, while he also leads the BlueJays in assists with 3.9 per game. Sophomore Isaiah Zierden adds 9.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Greg McDermott is finding life after his son Doug McDermott much harder, but has helped Creighton rebound nicely after a tough start to the year in the Big East.
The game against No.6 Villanova lived up to all of the hype on Saturday night. The Bulldogs fell in a close matchup of the top two teams in the Big East 68-65. Butler was led by senior point guard Alex Barlow and junior shooting guard Kellen Dunham with 19 points each, while freshman Kelan Martin scored 10 points off the bench. The Bulldogs were dealt a big blow when they lost sophomore Andrew Chrabascz to an injury (hand) early in the 2nd half. While he returned, he will be lost for 2-4 weeks. Despite the loss, Butler remains in 2nd place in the Big East standings and coach Chris Holtmann has done a tremendous job unifying the team and bringing them through the coaching transition extremely well. Dunham continues to lead Butler in scoring at 16.9 points per game, while junior Roosevelt Jones adds 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and a team best 3.7 apg. Butler sits at 24 in the latest RPI.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 41.6% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 12.8 ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.7 apg
Tyler Wideman - Fr. - 6'8" 245 lbs - 2.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 48% FG
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Austin Chatman - Sr. _ 6'0" 180 lbs - 10.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.9 apg
James Milliken - Jr. - 6'2" 180 lbs - 8.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg
Rick Kreklow - 6'6" 210 lbs - Sr. - 7.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg
Toby Hegner - Fr. - 6'9" 225 lbs - 7.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.8 apg
Will Artino - Sr. - 6'11" 230 lbs - 6.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.4 apg
Player to Watch
Roosevelt Jones - Jones had a rough game against No.6 Villanova shooting just 2/11 from the field and finishing with 6 points. The redshirt junior can bounce back against the BlueJays on Monday night. He scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had 6 assists in the first meeting between these two teams in Indianapo
Kellen Dunham - With Chrabascz out of the lineup, Dunham will be without his most consistent complement on the interior. Dunham continues to lead Butler in scoring this season at 16.9 points per game. His outside shooting has dipped in recent weeks, but he continues to shoot north of 41% from 3-point range. Dunham had just 7 points on 2/12 shooting in the first meeting.
Rick Kreklow - The transfer from California had an impressive game against Marquette, scoring 19 points. The 6-foot-6 wing can stretch defenses to the perimeter and gives the driving guards a target outside. Kreklow scored 16 points on 6/14 shooting off the bench against Butler in the first meeting.
10.2 - Kameron Woods' average rebounds per game in Big East play.
7 - Double-Doubles for Roosevelt Jones in his career, the last which occurred in the last meeting with Creighton.
61.3 - Points per game allowed by Butler this season, which ranks 59th nationally.
1 - Total number of starting lineups for Butler this season.
73.8 - Creighton's FT shooting percentage, which ranks 2nd in the Big East.
621 - Creighton's total number of 3-point field goals attempted, which leads the Big East and is 17th nationally.
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