INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Butler (21-8, 11-5) hosts Georgetown (18-9, 10-6) in a battle for seeding in the Big East Tournament as well as the Bulldogs home finale this season. The Hoyas currently sit in a tie for 3rd with Providence, just a game back from the Bulldogs in the Big East standings. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Indianapolis, IN (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Know Your Foe
Record - 18-9 (10-6)
RPI - 24
Coach - John Thompson III, 6th Season (313-155 Overall)
Mascot - Hoyas
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 17,900
Tale of the Tape
Georgetown had won 3 straight games before dropping their last game to St. John's 81-70. The Red Storm were fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives as they pulled out the win at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas were led by junior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 29 points (7/14 3PT) while senior forward Mikael Hopkins added 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench. Smith-Rivera continues to lead the Hoyas in scoring on the season at 17 points per game while shooting 39.4% from 3-point range. He also leads Georgetown in assists at 3.3 per game. Senior center Joshua Smith adds 11.3 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds. John Thompson III has the Hoyas in position for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with an RPI of 24, SOS of 21, and a 10-6 record in the Big East.
Butler has won 10 of their past 13 games, including 2 in a row. Their latest win came on Saturday afternoon against DePaul as the Bulldogs pulled away in the 2nd half 67-53. Butler was led by junior shooting guard Kellen Dunham with 24 points (10/10 FT) while junior forward Roosevelt Jones added 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Dunham leads the Bulldogs in scoring on the season at 17 points per game, while Jones continues to remain second in points (13) and rebounds (5.4) while leading the team in assists (3.7). First year head coach Chris Holtmann has the Bulldogs primed for an NCAA Tournament berth regardless of how the Bulldogs finish the season. The Bulldogs are sitting in 2nd place in the Big East and have an RPI of 21.
The Hoyas and Bulldogs have split their two previous meetings this season. The Bulldogs won the opener in at the Battle 4 Atlantis 64-58. The Bulldogs were led by Dunham with 16 points, while Alex Barlow scored 11 points and freshman Kelan Martin added 10 off the bench. Isaac Copeland scored 16 points for the Hoyas. Georgetown responded with a victory over Butler in their first conference meeting in January 61-59. Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 14 points, while Joshua Smith, Jabril Trawick, and Copeland each added 10 points. Roosevelt Jones scored 28 points for the Bulldogs, while Dunham had 13 points and 3 assists.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 17.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 43.5% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 13.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.7 apg
Tyler Wideman - Fr. - 6'8" 245 lbs - 2.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.5 bpg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 7.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Jabril Trawick - Sr. - 6'5" 220 lbs - 8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - Jr. - 6'3" 214 lbs - 16.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.3 apg
L.J. Peak - Fr. - 6'5" 215 lbs - 8.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg
Isaac Copeland - Fr. - 6'9" 220 lbs - 6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.8 apg
Joshua Smith - Sr. - 6'10" 350 lbs - 11.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg
3 and 4 - Butler and Georgetown feature the 3rd (Dunham) and 4th (Smith-Rivera) leading scorers in the Big East.
200 - Career 3-point field goals for junior Kellen Dunham, ranking 5th all-time at Butler.
96 - Consecutive games that junior Roosevelt Jones has started for Butler.
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