Preview: No. 18 Butler vs. No.11 Villanova

No.18 Butler hosts No.11 Villanova in another Top 25 Big East showdown on Sunday night

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - It has been an extremely difficult start to the Big East slate for Butler. The Bulldogs took on two Top 15 teams in their first three games and it only continues to get more difficult over the next few games as well. The Bulldogs host No.11 Villanova at Hinkle Fieldhouse for another Top 25 Big East clash.

Game Info

Where: Indianapolis, IN (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

When: 7:30PM EST

TV: FS1

Radio: 1070AM/93.5FM

Know Your Foe

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Enrollment: 10,735

Mascot: Wildcats

Record: 13-2, 3-0

Coach: Jay Wright, 332-154 - 15 Seasons (22 Seasons -  454-239 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

VILLANOVA

Player

Height

Weight

Class

Jalen Brunson

6-3

199

FR

Ryan Arcidiancono

6-3

195

SR

Josh Hart

6-5

205

JR

Kris Jenkins

6-6

240

JR

Daniel Ochefu

6-11

245

SR

Players to Watch

BUTLER

Kellen Dunham: Dunham struggled over the first two games of Big East play, but came back around against DePaul. He scored 24 points on 8/14 FGs including 4/7 from 3PT. The senior wing is averaing a team-high 15.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game this season.

Tyler Lewis: Lewis is having an oustanding first season on the court for Butler. The junior transfer from NC State is averaing 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game this season. The 6-foot-1 guard had 4 points and 7 assists in the win over DePaul. Lewis is going to have his handsful with Brunson being a bigger guard, but it should be a great matchup of point guards.

VILLANOVA

Jalen Brunson: The highly-touted 5-star freshman guard has lived up to the billing for the Wildcats early in the season. The 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 11.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game this season. He did battle a tough shooting night against Seton Hall in their last game out, going 0/6 from the field with just 2 points.

Daniel Ochefu: The 6-foot-11 center alters shots defensively and has become a solid contributer offensively. He is averaging 11.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, and a career-high 1.7 blocks per game this season. The senior scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds during their last game against Seton Hall.

Know Your Numbers

0-5 - Butler's all-time record against Villanova

500 - Butler's Kellen Dunham (505) and Roosevelt Jones (502) each scored their 500th FG in their careers for the Dawgs during the game against DePaul.

86.5 - Butler's average PPG this season, which ranks 6th in the nation.

60.5 - Villanova's average PPG given up this season, ranking 9th in the nation.


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