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No. 9 Butler travels to Cincinnati to take on No. 6 Xavier

No. 9 Butler looks to bounce back at No. 6 Xavier on Saturday afternoon.

CINCINNATI, Ohio. - After a tough Big East opening loss to No. 12 Providence 81-73, No. 9 Butler looks to bounce back on the road against No. 6 Xavier. The Musketeers are coming off of a disappointing opener to conference play against No. 17 Villanova. The rivalry is renewed as Top-10 opponents for the 1st time in the long history of Butler vs Xavier.

Game Info

Where: Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center)

When: 1:00PM EST

TV: FS1

Radio: 1070AM/93.5FM

Know Your Foe

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Enrollment: 6,325

Mascot: Musketeers

Record: 12-1 (0-0)

Coach: Chris Mack, 7th Season - 146-72 (7 Seasons - 146-72 Overall)

Probable Starters

BUTLER

Player

Height

Weight

Class

Tyler Lewis

5-11

170

JR

Kellen Dunham

6-6

200

SR

Roosevelt Jones

6-4

225

SR

Andrew Chrabascz

6-7

235

JR

Tyler Wideman

6-8

245

SO

XAVIER

Player

Height

Weight

Class

Myles Davis

6-2

188

JR

Remy Abell

6-4

195

SR

Trevon Bluiett

6-6

207

SO

James Farr

6-10

247

SR

Jalen Reynolds

6-10

232

JR

Players to Watch

BUTLER

Kelan Martin: Martin has been the sparkplug for Butler this season off the bench. The talented sophomore is averaging 14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season. He finished with 20 points on 8/17 shooting against No.12 Providence and will be looked at again by the Bulldogs to step up offensively, especially if Kellen Dunham continues to struggle.

Roosevelt Jones: Jones will draw Bluiett for much of the game defensively. As always, Jones is the Bulldogs' best defender but also a creative playmaker offensively. The redshirt senior is averaing 14.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. He finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists against No. 12 Providence in a loss.

XAVIER

Jalen Reynolds: In the previous meetings with Butler, Reynolds has been difficult to stop. The junior forward is a long, athletic post player with improving skills from the mid-range. He currently is averaging 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season. He was held to just 6 points and 5 rebounds in a loss to Villanova.

Trevon Bluiett: After the injury to to Edward Sumner in their last game against Villanova, Bluiett will be looked at even closer by Butler. The talented sophomore and former Butler target is averaging at team-high 14.4 points per game and is also collecting an impressive 7.2 rebounds per game.

Know Your Numbers

18-35 - Butler's all-time record against Xavier.

19.5 - Kelan Martin's average points per game over the past two games.

88.6 - Butler's average PPG this season, which ranks 3rd in the nation.

36.2- Xavier's 3-PT FG % this season, tied for 105th in the nation.


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