SAN JUAN, PR - The Bulldogs are in a non-conference tournament final once again. #22 Butler (3-0) will take on Miami (FL) in the championship game of the 2015 Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday afternoon. Butler has now played in 8 of the last 13 championship games in non-conference tournaments.
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
When: 7:30PM EST (May be later since it is at least 30 minutes after 11:00AM EST game finishes)
Know Your Foe
Location: Miami, Florida
Mascot: Hurriances, Sebastian the Ibis
Coach: Jim Larranaga, 5th Season - 95-49 (32 Seasons - 560-383 Overall)
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Players to Watch
Tyler Lewis: Butler will need another solid game from their junior point guard. The North Carolina State-transfer didn't have an assist against Temple but was the catalyst for his own offense. He hit two huge threes to spark the Butler win. However against Miami it might be his ability to hit open teammates that proves to be the most valuable. Lewis is averaging 14 points, 3 rebounds, and a team-high 4.3 assist per game this season.
Roosevelt Jones: Jones' rugged play and physicality will be on display once again against the Canes. The Bulldogs do-it-all forward will need to get to the rim in order to break down the Miami defense. He also hits the glass really well, Jones had has his 3rd consecutive double digit rebounding game against Temple. He is averaging 12 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest. He will need to watch his foul trouble as the Bulldogs can't afford to not have him on the floor down the stretch.
Andrew Chrabascz: With the size and strength of Miami, Butler is going to need someone to establish a presence on the block. Chrabascz is the most likely candidate. The junior is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds early in the season. The talented big man has great footwork with his back to the basket, but will need to stretch the floor in order to provide lanes for the Bulldogs to drive to the rim.
Sheldon McClellan: Miami has almost as many players averaging double figures as Butler, but their group is led by the senior guard. The Texas-native is averaging 19.8 points per game this season while shooting 56.3% from the 3-point arc. He is also shooting 94.1% from the FT line. McClellan can flat-out score. He had a season-high 27 points in their semifinal win over #16 Utah.
Tonye Jekiri: He will be a handful for Butler defenders on the inside but will most likely see a variety of defenders. He scored a season-high 20 points against #16 Utah in the semifinals and was extremely efficient from the field hitting 8/10 field goals. The 7-footer is averaging a near double-double this season at 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Know Your Numbers
2 -Butler's current streak of season's starting at least 4-0.
17.0 - Kellen Dunham's average points per game this season, which leads the team.
50 - Butler's average rebounds per game this season, which is 8th in the nation.
45.5 - Miami (FL)'s 3-point percentage this season, which is 6th in the nation.null