DePaul Blue Demons (8-8, 0-3) vs. Butler Bulldogs (10-4, 0-2) – Thursday, January 9th, 6:00 p.m. Central – Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
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After DePaul's 81-62 defeat at the hands of Creighton on Tuesday night, the Demons will have no time to sulk as they get set for a very short turnaround. DePaul (8-8, 0-3) will now have to travel to Indianapolis on Thursday to take on the Butler Bulldogs for the first time ever as conference rivals.
Butler comes into the game with a 10-4 record, having dropping their first two games in Big East play. Most recently they lost on the road at Xavier, 79-68, on Saturday afternoon. They also lost to Villanova in a thriller at home in their first Big East game.
You know the Bulldogs will be hungry for their first Big East win ever, so effort in this game will be of crucial importance for the Blue Demons. That will be hard given the fact that DePaul, with this game on the road, will have played two games in three days.
If the Demons have any ideas of winning this game, they will have to shut down—or at least slow down— 6-6 guard Kellen Dunham. Dunham is the Bulldogs' leading scorer (17.9 points per game) and unquestioned go-to-guy. Dunham is a versatile scorer who can go inside and outside and do damage all over the court.
Complimenting Dunham are 6-6 forward Khyle Marshall, who averages 15.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game, and 6-9 forward Kameron Woods who leads the Bulldogs in rebounding (9.4) and also chips in with 9.2 points per game.
Like the team DePaul just played in Creighton, Butler has a very methodical system where they will work for the best shot and kill you from deep. The Bulldogs rank third in the Big East in three-point field-goal percentage (.355). They also take care of the ball, coming in third in the Big East in turnover margin (+1.71).
Between the need for Butler to get off the schneid and win their first Big East game and DePaul having to travel on one day's rest, this could get ugly if DePaul doesn't come into this game with energy.
While the Big East did DePaul no favors when it comes to the schedule making, DePaul has to play the hand it was dealt.
It's up to them if they go all in or fold.
Quotable – DePaul coach Oliver Purnell on the Butler game
"(The short turnaround between games) is probably good for us right now. It doesn't give us time to wallow or think about this one that much. Butler is probably one of the surprise teams in our league. Everybody thought they'd be down. They aren't. It's one of the toughest places to play in the country. It's a great challenge for our guys. We've been on the road now, so that should not bother us. We've got to go out and play longer and better."
The Last Time
On February 23, 1981 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the third ranked Blue Demons, coached by Ray Meyer, walked away with a 89-64 win led by Mark Aguirre.
No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
2 Devontae Morgan G Sophomore 6-3 176 Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Prep
3 Alex Barlow G Junior 5-11 187 Springboro, Ohio / Moeller
4 Erik Fromm F Senior 6-8 223 Bloomington, Ind. / Bloomington South
5 Elijah Brown G Freshman 6-4 185 Los Angeles, Calif. / Mater Dei
10 Michael Volovic G Freshman 5-9 165 Carmel, Ind. / Carmel
11 Jackson Aldridge G Junior 6-0 187 Sydney, Australia / Australia Institute of Sport
12 Elliott Kampen G Junior 6-5 180 Muncie, Ind. / Yorktown
14 Rene Castro G Freshman 6-2 180 Milton, Mass. / Worcester Academy
21 Roosevelt Jones F Junior 6-4 227 O'Fallon, Ill. / O'Fallon
22 Nolan Berry C-F Freshman 6-10 200 St. Louis, Mo. / De Smet
23 Khyle Marshall F Senior 6-6 216 Davie, Fla. / Flanagan
24 Kellen Dunham G Sophomore 6-6 185 Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights
25 Steven Bennett G Freshman 6-2 175 New Castle, Ind. / Chrysler
31 Kameron Woods F Junior 6-9 200 Louisville, Ky. / Eastern
45 Andrew Chrabascz F Freshman 6-7 225 Portsmouth, R.I. / Cushing Academy
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