Paradise Island, Bahamas - Imperial Arena
ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas)
"Getting ready to play, it's a different team and I've got a different team, but there's some guys that were around and they beat us by 88 points or something like that the last time we played them. And I remember that." -- Roy Williams
"I was really proud of our guys’ maturity. We didn't start the best, but for the bulk of the game we had really good attention to detail.” – Butler interim head coach Chris Holtmann following his team’s 41-point win over Loyola (Md.) on Saturday
Season to Date: Butler enters Wednesday’s Battle 4 Atlantis opener with a 3-0 record. The Bulldogs have won each of their games by 20-plus points, defeating Maine (99-57), Chattanooga (70-48) and Loyola (Md.) (80-39). Interim head coach Chris Holtmann’s squad took control in its most recent win over the Greyhounds with a 20-1 run in the first half and shot 53.6 percent for the game.
Dunham in Charge: A second-team All-Big East Team selection in 2013-14, junior guard Kellen Dunham is pacing the Bulldogs yet again with 19.0 points per game. The Pendleton, Ind. product is shooting 58.1 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from 3-point range (10-of-15). Dunham led Butler in scoring, 3-point field goals, free throw shooting and minutes played last season.
Roosevelt’s Return: After sitting out the 2012-13 season due to a wrist injury, junior forward Roosevelt Jones is back in form for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-4, 227-pounder is averaging 10.7 points, 7.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 52.0 percent from the floor. Jones led Butler in assists and was second in rebounds in 2012-13, while also being named to the Atlantic 10 Conference’s All-Defensive Team.
Veteran Lineup: Roosevelt’s reentry into the starting lineup gives the Bulldogs five returning starters. Senior forward Kameron Woods and senior guard Alex Barlow combine for over 90 career starts, while sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz logged 10 starts during his rookie season.
Freshman Explosion: As if a veteran starting lineup wasn’t enough, the Bulldogs may have a legitimate rookie option off the bench. Freshman guard Kelan Martin scored 23 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds against Loyola. He’s averaging 11.7 points per game. The ESPN Top-100 recruit out of Louisville, Ky. chose Butler over Saint Louis and Texas Tech. Martin also had scholarship offers from Auburn and Xavier.
Head Coach Takes Medical Leave: On Oct 2, Butler announced that head coach Brandon Miller was taking a medical leave of absence and provided no further details. The Indianapolis Star cited anonymous coaching sources earlier this week in suggesting that Miller will not return this season. Holtmann, who is one of Miller’s assistant coaches, is serving as the team’s interim coach.
Last Meeting: Butler topped UNC, 82-71, in the semifinals of the 2012 Maui Invitational on Nov. 20, 2012. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 29-point lead before the Tar Heels rallied with a 40-17 run to cut their deficit to six in the final minutes. P.J. Hairston led UNC with 15 points.
Series History: UNC and Butler are tied in their all-time series, 2-2. The Tar Heels’ last win against the Bulldogs came in 1994 at the Smith Center (104-64).
3 Alex Barlow (5-11, 187, Sr.) - 6.3 ppg, 3.0 apg
24 Kellen Durham (6-6, 185, Jr.) - 19.0 ppg, 67% 3FG
21 Roosevelt Jones (6-4, 227, Jr.) - 10.7 ppg, 7.3 apg
45 Andrew Chrabascz (6-7, 205, So.) - 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
31 Kameron Woods (6-9, 200, Sr.) - 9.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg
30 Kelan Martin (6-6, 215, Fr.) - 11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
00 Austin Etherington (6-6, 215, Sr.) - 7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
4 Tyler Wideman (6-8, 245, Fr.) - 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
(Photos from USA Today Sports)