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DePaul vs. No. 18 Butler Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena to face the 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs in a Big East battle on Tuesday night.  We preview the game in this report. 

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. No. 18 Butler Bulldogs – Tuesday, January 5th, 7:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois    

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The Blue Demons have had a frustrating start to Big East play.  DePaul has started out 0-2, but the Blue Demons know that if things had gone just a bit better, they could easily be 2-0. 

DePaul has beat themselves through too many unforced turnovers in the last two games.  In the Big East opener against Georgetown, DePaul turned the ball over 14 times.  Then in Saturday’s 78-74 loss at Georgetown, the Blue Demons committed 19 turnovers. 

On Tuesday night, DePaul faces the best 0-2 team in the Big East in the Butler Bulldogs. 

DePaul coach Dave Leitao knows that for DePaul to get a win over a ranked opponent, they need to play with their best effort and with few flaws in their game. 

“When you’re trying to do what we’re trying to do, we cannot leak oil in any other part of the game,” Leitao said.  “Whether it’s turnovers today, tomorrow it can be rebounding, or transition defense the next day, you’ve got to be solid when you don’t have a large margin for error, and we’ve got to be able to build on that.” 

Butler is 0-2 in the Big East after a home loss to Providence and a thumping on the road at Xavier.  Yet, overall the Bulldogs are 11-3 and ranked number 18 by the Associated Press.  Butler’s only other loss came to Miami in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.  They own a road win over Cincinnati and beat Purdue on a neutral court in Indianapolis. 

Butler has some pretty balancing scoring on their squad.  They have four players averaging in double figures.  Senior guard Kellen Dunham is scoring 14.9 points per game.  Sophomore forward Kelan Martin adds 14.4 ppg and leads the team in three point shooting at 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. Dunahm is also second in the Big East in free throw percentage. 

Senior guard Roosevelt Jones is chipping in with 14.2 ppg and leads the team on the boards with 7.1 rebounds per game.  He also leads the Bulldogs in assists at five per game.  Then there is Andrew Chrabasz who scores 11.9 ppg. 

Unlike DePaul, Butler seldomly turns the ball over.  The Bulldogs lead the Big East and are 10th in the NCAA in assist to turnover ratio.    

You can expect this one to be a high scoring affair.  Butler is fifth in the nation in scoring offense at 87.2 points per game. 

The Last Time 

On February 28, 2015 at Allstate Arena, Butler defeated DePaul 67-53 on what was Senior Day for the Blue Demons. 

The 23rd ranked Bulldogs had what it took in the second half as they went on a big spurt to put away the Blue Demons. 

DePaul had a six point lead with 14:35 to play in the second half, but tings unraveled when Butler went on a 24-3 run over a six minute stretch in the second stanza to seal the victory. 

Blue Demon senior Jamee Crockett had a strong performance on his Senior Day. Crockett led DePaul with 20 points on eight of 15 shooting. 

Crockett scored the first three pointer of the game which helped the Blue Demons break their all-time team record for three pointers in a season of 231 which was set by the 2007-08 DePaul team. 

The difference in this game was on the boards. The Blue Demons were outworked and outhustled on the glass by a 36-19 margin. 

Crockett was the only Blue Demon to reach double-figures. Myke Henry added nine points in the losing effort. 

Butler guard Kellen Dunham led all scorers with 24 points on six of 11 from the field. 

Guard Roosevelt Jones contributed with 16 points and Kameron Woods added 14 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs. 

Butler Roster

No.         Name    Pos.       Cl.           Ht.          Wt.         Hometown/High School

0              Austin Etherington          F              Graduate             6-6          220         Cicero, Ind. / Hamilton Heights

1              Tyler Lewis          G             RS Junior              5-11       169         Statesville, N.C. / Oak Hill Academy (Va.)

4              Tyler Wideman F              Sophomore        6-8          246         Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central

5              Jordan Gathers G             Graduate             6-3          195         Los Angeles, Calif. / William Howard Taft

10           Trey Pettus         G             Junior    6-4          198         St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS

11           Kethan Savage  G             RS Junior              6-3          201         Fairfax, Va. / Episcopal

13           Jackson Davis     F              Sophomore        6-8          233         Lexington, Ky. / Lafayette

21           Roosevelt Jones               G/F        RS Senior             6-4          225         O'Fallon, Ill. / O'Fallon

22           Sean McDermott             G/F        Freshman            6-6          182         Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights

24           Kellen Dunham G             Senior   6-6          200         Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights

25           Steven Bennett                G             Junior    6-2          196         New Castle, Ind. / Chrysler

30           Kelan Martin      F              Sophomore        6-6          235         Louisville, Ky. / Ballard

45           Andrew Chrabascz          F              Junior    6-7          236         Portsmouth, R.I. / Cushing Academy

51           Nate Fowler       C             Freshman            6-10       240         Cincinnati, Ohio / Moeller

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