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DePaul vs. Butler Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons travel to Indianapolis on Wednesday night for a rematch with the Butler Bulldogs.  We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Butler Bulldogs – Wednesday, January 27, 6 p.m. Central – Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Game Preview

The Butler Bulldogs are currently in a tailspin.  Since being ranked in the top 10 in the nation just a month ago, Butler has gone 2-5 in Big East play. 

Butler dropped out of both the AP and USA Today polls on Monday.

The two Big East wins have come against last place St. John’s and against the Blue Demons earlier in the month.

So, needless to say Butler is very hungry for a win in order to try to stay in the hunt for a postseason bid.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 72-64 loss at Creighton on Saturday.  Butler was playing without point guard Tyler Lewis who suffered a possible concussion in practice on Thursday and did not travel with the team to Creighton.

Lewis had been averaging seven points and 3.7 assists per game.  He’s considered doubtful for Wednesday’s game.

Butler still has a high powered offense and is second in the Big East in scoring at 82.3 ppg and second in the league in field goal percentage.

Leading that offensive charge is guard Kellen Dunham, who is third in the Big East in scoring at 16.3 ppg and Kelan Martin at 10th in the league at 14.5 ppg.  They are followed by Roosevelt Jones at 14 points per game and Andrew Chrabasz at 11 ppg.

DePaul meanwhile has had a week off to prepare for this game.  The Blue Demons are looking to build off of their upset of Marquette on the road last Wednesday.

“I think they present a problem, particularly at home, because of their offense and how well they shoot the basketball,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of Butler on WSCR Radio.  “We didn’t do a good job on Dunham the last time and we missed a bunch of assignments on Jones and a couple guys and they were able to make the guys in their team better.  We’ve got to focus in on that and make some adjustments.  Offensively we gave them too many turnovers to touchdowns.  I know we’re going to get their best punch and we’ve got to really be ready to execute on both ends and give ourselves a chance come late game that we’ll be in it and have a chance to win.”

The Last Time

On January 5, 2016 at Allstate Arena, DePaul had the 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs on the ropes, but couldn’t knock them out as Butler prevailed 77-72.

DePaul had a five point lead with 9:12 to play in the game, but failed to put away Butler down the stretch.

Kellen Dunham dealt DePaul a three point dagger to give Butler a 72-65 lead with 1:44 to play, but the Blue Demons managed to scratch and claw their way back to within two points before the Bulldogs prevailed.

DePaul struggled some against the Butler zone late in the second half. 

The Bulldogs had three players finish in double-figures.  Kellen Dunham led all scorers with 24 points.  Andrew Chrabasz contributed 16 points while senior guard Roosevelt Jones added 15 points.

DePaul’s Myke Henry finished with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Blue Demons in a game where Henry played the full 40 minutes.

Tommy Hamilton scored 19 points off the bench and grabbed nine rebounds.  Hamilton came in relief of Rashaun Stimage who only played five minutes due to foul trouble.

The Blue Demons got a decent lift from their bench tonight.  Junior reserve Darrick Wood played some inspired ball and scored 15 points while shooting seven of 11 from the field.

DePaul played without freshman guard Erten Gazi, who had been feeling lightheaded. 

The Blue Demons turned the ball over 17 times which enabled Butler to score 24 points off of turnovers.

One bright spot for DePaul was on the glass.  The Blue Demons outrebounded the Bulldogs 39 to 25.

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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