SAN JUAN, PR - Butler once against displayed an efficient offense in advancing to the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip Off. The Dawgs will face Temple in San Juan on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs are 1-1 all-time versus the Owls, with their lone meeting coming in 2013 when both were members of the Atlantic 10.
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
When: 1:00PM EST (May be later since it is at least 30 minutes after 11:00AM EST game finishes)
Know Your Foe
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Coach: Fran Dunphy, 10th Season - 194-109 (27 Seasons - 504-272)
Players to Watch
Kellen Dunham: Dunham was extremely efficient against Missouri State in the opener. He finished with 11 points on 4/4 shooting from the field. Butler will be tested a little more athletically against the Owls and may need Dunham to carry more of the load against Temple. While Dunham can create off the dribble, he truly excels when he can move without the ball and use his lightning quick release. He leads Butler scoring 17.5 ppg this season.
Roosevelt Jones: Jones truly does it all for the Bulldogs. Despite scoring just 6 points against Missouri State he contributed well both offensively and defensively. Jones wil be looked at to stimulate the Butler offensve through defense against Temple. With the size and physicality of the Owls, Jones will be very important. He is averaging 12 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game this season.
Tyler Wideman: Wideman was held without a rebound for just the 7th time in his career against Missouri State. With the size of the Temple, it will be important for him to crash the glass. He is averaging 2.5 points and 3 rebounds this season.
Devin Coleman: Coleman, a former Clemson guard, has stepped into a leadership role this season for the Owls. The senior guard is leading the Owls in scoring at 17 points per game and shooting 45.5% from the field after averaging just 3.6 points per game last season. He is a crafty guard that can get to the rim and finish, but can also stretch the floor beyond the three point line.
Jaylen Bond: After scoring just 2 points against #1 North Carolina, Bond rebounded well against the Golden Gophers. He is a stretch-4 who has the abillity to extremely efficient around the rim. The 6-foot-8 senior forward had a breakout game against Minnesota, scoring 19 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
Know Your Numbers
7 - Number of Butler players averaging in double figures this season through 2 games.
118.5 - Butler's average points per game this season, which leads the nation.
25 - Butler's average assists per game this season, which is 2nd in the nation.null