INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After upsetting undefeated Cincinnati on the road and holding serve against in-state foe Indiana State and VMI, Butler (7-1) hosts Tennessee as they look to extend their winning streak to five games.
Where: Indianapolis, IN (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
When: 2:30PM EST
Know Your Foe
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Mascot: Volunteers, Smokey
Coach: Rick Barnes, 1st Season - 4-3 (29 Seasons - 608-317 Overall)
Players to Watch
Kelan Martin: Martin is having a monster season off the bench for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-6 sophomore is averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring the past two games with 24 points (Indiana State) and 20 points (VMI) respectively.
Andrew Chrabascz: With junior Robert Hubbs III missing from the lineup for Tennesee, Chrabascz will have the decided experience advantage against Tennessee's freshman forwards. Chrabascz is averaging 13 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists to lead the Butler front line. He is connecting on 54.8% of his shots from the field.
Kevin Punter: The leading scorer for the Volunteers this season, Punter is averaging 22.3 points per game while shooting 54.4% from the field. The senior guard from New York can score from all over the court. He is shooting 41.2% from 3-point range and getting to the line an average of 8 times per game, connecting on 75.9% of his FTs. Not only does he score, but he is the catalyst for Tennessee as well, leading the Volunteers in assists at 3.4 per game.
Kyle Alexander: Alexander will be filling in for the missing Hubbs on the Volunteer front line. The 6-9 freshman from Ontario, Canada will have his hands full with Tyler Wideman, Andrew Chrabascz, and the other Butler big men. In order for Tennessee to have success on the road, Alexander will need to hold his own against the more experienced Butler front court players.
Know Your Numbers
91.4 - Butler's average points per game this season, ranking 3rd in the nation.
52.0 - Butler's field goal percentage this season, ranking 6th in the nation.
6.14 - Tennessee's average blocks per game this season, ranking 17th in the nation.
22.3 - Kevin Punter's average points per game this season, ranking 13th in the nation.