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Butler Bulldogs Return Home to Host Georgetown

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Tuesday BIG EAST Conference match-up with the Georgetown Hoyas. It is the first of two meetings with the Hoyas this season (a Feb. 27 game in Washington, D.C. remains). The Bulldogs enter the contest with a 14-7 record, including 3-6 in BIG EAST play. Georgetown is 13-9 (6-3 BIG EAST). The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the Fox Sports 1 call. The game can also be heard on 1070 AM, 93.5 FM and the TuneIn Radio App with Mark Minner and Nick Gardner.

Butler and Georgetown meet for the seventh time in series history. The Hoyas have won the last two meetings in the series, sweeping BIG EAST contests during the 2014-15 campaign. The teams actually met a third time last season in a “non-conference” game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Butler won that match-up 64-58. The teams had both agreed to be part of that event before Butler joined the BIG EAST. Georgetown leads the all-time series, 5-1. The teams first met in the 2009 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. That is the only meeting prior to Butler joining the BIG EAST for the 2013-14 season.

Last time out for Butler, sophomore G Kelan Martin scored a career high 27, but it wasn’t enough as Butler fell in a tight contest in Milwaukee, 75-69, Saturday afternoon. The output came in a career-best 38 minutes as he made his third start of the season. Martin made 11 of his 20 attempts, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. His previous high was 25 in the Dec. 12 game against Tennessee. Marquette shot 52% from the field, including 10-of-17 (58.8%) from behind the arc. Henry Ellenson had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles. He made 14 of his 16 free throw attempts. Ellenson’s 32 points for Marquette Saturday were a season-high for a Butler opponent. He was the first player to score 30 against Butler since Darrun Hilliard scored 31 for Villanova on Feb. 14, 2015. Marquette hit 10 three-pointers on only 17 attempts Saturday, the first team to shoot at least 50% (on 10+ attempts) since Providence on Feb. 23, 2014. Marquette’s 12 blocked shots were a season-high for a Butler opponent. For the 11th time this season, Butler committed 10 or fewer turnovers with only eight miscues at Marquette Jan. 30. Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 12th nationally in turnovers per game (10.2).

Redshirt senior G/F Roosevelt Jones heaved a shot from about three-quarters court at the end of the first half Saturday at Marquette…and it banked in. It was the senior’s first career made three-pointer. Entering the game, Jones had only attempted one career shot from behind the arc. That was also a heave from behind the halfcourt line in the closing seconds of the game at LaSalle on Jan. 23, 2013. That attempt was incorrectly recorded as an actual attempt but counts in Jones’s official stats.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Tyler Wideman (Zach Bolinger)
Photo: Butler Athletics/Tyler Wideman (Zach Bolinger)

Three Bulldogs have put up at least 20 points in a single game against Georgetown. Roosevelt Jones posted a career-high 28 points at Georgetown Jan. 17, 2015. Junior F Andrew Chrabascz had 24 points on 9-of-13 (69.2%) shooting on Feb. 8, 2014. Senior G Kellen Dunham had 21 points in a game on Jan. 11, 2014.

Redshirt senior G/F Roosevelt Jones tied a career-high with five steals at Marquette Saturday. It was the third time this season and in his career that he has posted five steals. Jones is second in the BIG EAST at 1.8 steals per game. His 134 career steals are eighth in Butler history.

Roosevelt Jones has improved from the free throw line in each season, and his gains for 2015-16 are the largest to date. In his first three seasons, Jones shot .500, .552, and .606. Currently, he’s shooting 71 percent for the season, including 81 percent in BIG EAST play.

Roosevelt Jones is the only player in Butler history to rank in the Top 10 in both career rebounds and assists. Jones currently ranks sixth in career assists (407), seventh in career rebounds (737) and eighth in career steals (134). Jones is also 18th in career scoring with 1,366 career points.

The versatility of Jones is evidenced by being in the Top 15 in seven BIG EAST statistical categories: second in steals (1.8), third in assists (4.6), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.9), tenth in scoring (14.5), 11th in rebounding (6.7), 12th in offensive rebounding (2.2), and 13th in field goal percentage (.505).

Senior G Kellen Dunham is shooting 52% from behind the arc in the team’s BIG EAST games (26-50). He also averages 17.1 points per game against conference foes this season. In BIG EAST games, Dunham’s 2.9 three-pointers per game and .520 three-point percentage both lead the BIG EAST.

Kellen Dunham entered the season ranked 14th on Butler’s all-time scoring list. After 21 games this season, Dunham now stands in sixth with 1,752 points, passing Darin Archbold (1,744) in the Marquette game. Next on the list is Lynn Mitchem (1,798).

Kellen Dunham, Kelan Martin and Roosevelt Jones each average more in BIG EAST play than they did during the non-conference portion of the schedule. The other nine players to see action have each seen their scoring average decline.

Butler committed a season-high 27 fouls in the Jan. 23 loss at Creighton, which resulted in 33 free throw attempts for the host Bluejays. That is the season-high for a Butler opponent. On the season, Butler owns a +5.9 free throws made advantage in the team’s 14 wins, while Butler’s opponents make 5.3 more free throws in the Bulldogs’ seven losses this season.

Butler is 9-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. In those 11 games, the Bulldogs average 87.1 points per game and shoot 51% from the field.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter

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