SAN JUAN, PR - The Bulldogs and second year head coach Chris Holtmann won their opening game by a record margin to start the season and now they head to the Puerto Rico Tip Off. Butler (1-0) takes on Missouri State (0-1) in the opening round of the tournament. Butler has reached the finals or won 7 of their past 12 non-conference tournaments.
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
When: 1:30PM EST (May be later since it is at least 30 minutes after 11:30AM EST game finishes)
Know Your Foe
Location: Springfield, MO
Coach: Paul Lusk, 4th Season, 58-72 (4th Season, 58-72 Overall)
Players to Watch
Tyler Lewis: Lewis helped the Bulldogs explode out of the gates in the opener. He finished with 17 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals in his first game as a Bulldog. As the season goes on and the strength of opponent increase, Butler will be dependent on Lewis to handle defensive pressure and create for his teammates. As a former McDonald's All-American and North Carolina State transfer no moment seems to big for the junior.
Roosevelt Jones: Jones continued to stuff the stat sheet as he has done through his career in the opening game of his senior season. He finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a block. With the addition of Lewis at the point guard slot and the emergence of Davis, Wideman, and Chrabascz on the front line, Jones will continue to have open lanes to drive and receive passes with his off the ball movement and offensive rebounds.
Jackson Davis: He came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 8 rebounds in the opening game against The Citadel. If the Bulldogs are going to have an effective bench, Davis will be a key component. He draws comparisons to former Butler big Kameron Woods and for good reason. We will continue to watch to see if the sophomore can continue his progression.
Camyn Boone: The second leading scorer from a season ago, Boone finished with just 9 points and 3 rebounds in 22 minutes in Missouri State's loss to Oral Roberts. The 6-foot-6 senior forward from Seattle does most of his work in the paint and will not extend the defense out to the perimeter.
Chris Hendrix: Led the Bears in scoring against Oral Roberts with 13 points in 27 minutes off the bench. He hit 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Know Your Numbers
2-1 - Butler's all-time record against MIssouri State (formerly known as Southeast Missouri State)
144 - Butler's average points per game this season, which leads the nation.