Providence, RI. - Butler (21-9, 11-6) travels to Rhode Island to take on Providence (21-9, 11-6) in the season finale in the Big East for both teams. The game has Big East tournament seeding implications as both teams have a chance to finish as high as 2nd in the conference. InsidetheDawgPound takes a look at what to expect on Saturday afternoon.
Time: 12:00PM EST
Venue: Providence, RI (Dunkin Donuts Center)
Know Your Foe
Record - 21-9 (11-6)
RPI - 20
Coach - Ed Cooley, 4th Season (167-120 Overall)
Mascot - Friars
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 5,100
Tale of the Tape
Providence enters the finale against Butler having won 4 of their past 5 games, including their most recently victory over Seton Hall 79-66. The Friars were led by LaDontae Henton with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while freshman Ben Bentil added 21 points as well and a team-high 10 rebounds. Henton continues to lead Providence in scoring at nearly 21 points per game, while point guard Kris Dunn adds 15.2 points, an NCAA-leading 7.5 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game. The Friars are poised to make the NCAA tournament again this season under coach Ed Cooley. The Friars are currently ranked 20th in the RPI and 23rd nationally in the polls.
After winning two straight against Marquette and DePaul, Butler lost to Georgetown in their home finale 60-54. The Bulldogs were led by senior Kameron Woods, who scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Fellow senior Alex Barlow finished off his career at Hinkle Fieldhouse with 13 points and 4 rebounds. Junior Kellen Dunham scored just 8 points off the bench, but continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring at 16.7 points per game. Redshirt junior Roosevelt Jones leads Butler in assists (3.7) and ranks second in rebounds (5.3) and points (12.8) per game. First year head coach Chris Holtmann recently was named a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award and he is certainly deserving as he has led Butler to a 21-9 (11-6) record this season after being predicted to finish 9th in the Big East. Butler currently ranks 25th in the RPI and look to be a lock for the NCAA Tournament.
The first meeting between these two teams was nearly 2 months ago. The Friars came from behind in the 2nd half to top the Bulldogs 66-62. Providence was led by Dunn and Henton. The duo combined for 43 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists on the night. Butler was led by Dunham who scored 18 points, while Barlow and Jones each added 13. Providence shot nearly 50% from the field, while Butler was held under 34%.
Alex Barlow - Sr. - 5'11" 187 lbs - 8.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 spg
Kellen Dunham - Jr. - 6'6" 185 lbs - 16.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 42.3% 3PT
Roosevelt Jones - Jr. - 6'4" 227 lbs - 12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.7 apg
Andrew Chrabascz - So. - 6'7" 225 lbs - 11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg
Kameron Woods - Sr. - 6'9" 200 lbs - 8.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Kris Dunn - So. - 6'3" 205 lbs - 15.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 7.5 apg
Jalen Lindsey - Fr. - 6'7" 195 lbs - 3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.2 apg
LaDontae Henton - Sr. - 6'6" 215 lbs - 20.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.9 apg
Tyler Harris - Jr. - 6'9" 223 lbs - 10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 apg
Carson Desrosiers - Sr. - 7'0" 250 lbs - 7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 bpg
Player to Watch
Kellen Dunham - Butler's leading scorer for the entire season is Dunham. The talented junior is averaging 16.7 points while shooting 44.5% from the field and 42.3% from 3-point range. He is getting to the free throw line on average 4.8 times per game this season and connecting on 86.1% of his free throws. Dunham scored 18 points (6/16 FG) against Providence in the first meeting.
Andrew Chrabascz - Coming back from an injury that sidelined him for 4 games, the sophomore forward looks to jump back into the saddle against the Friars. He scored just 8 points against Georgetown in his return, but played 31 minutes. Against the Friars in January, Chrabascz scored just 2 points and fouled out in 25 minutes of action. Chrabascz has transformed into one of the most consistent players for Butler this season and the Bulldogs more explosive interior scorer.
LaDontae Henton - Henton's length, athleticism, and toughness causes problems. He leads the Friars in scoring at 20.5 points per game, while shooting 46.4% from the field and 75.8% from the free throw line. Against Butler in January, Henton scored 18 points (6/14 FG) and had 7 rebounds.
Kris Dunn - One of the most dynamic players in the Big East conference, the 6-foot-3 point guard leads Providence in assists at 7.5 per game, while scoring 15.2 points per game. His size and athleticism make him a difficult matchup for opponents. He is also currently second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 per game. Last time out against Butler, Dunn scored 25 points (8/15 FG), had 8 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists.
4-3 - Butler's record against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season.
906 - Kameron Woods' rebounding total for his career, which ranks 3rd all-time at Butler.
8 - Double-doubles for Kameron Woods this season. He has 16 in his career.
2.8 - Kris Dunn's average steals per game, which leads the Big East.
11.2 - Butler's average turnovers per game this season, which is the 3rd fewest int he Big East.
30.7 - Providence's 3-point field goal percentage, which ranks 10th in the Big East.
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