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No. 21/21 Butler Bulldogs Host Georgetown on Senior Day

 

#21 BUTLER (21-8, 11-5 BIG EAST) vs. GEORGETOWN (18-9, 10-6 BIG EAST)
When: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. (ET)
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Joe Davis, Bob Wenzel)
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The #21/21 Butler Bulldogs will close out the home portion of their 2014-15 schedule when they face the Georgetown Hoyas for the third time this season on Tuesday, March 3. The key BIG EAST Conference contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse is slated to tip at 7 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

Butler and Georgetown split the first two meetings this year, with the Bulldogs taking a 64-58 decision at the Battle 4 Atlantis and the Hoyas winning the first conference meeting, 61-59, on a three-point field goal by freshman Isaac Copeland in the closing seconds. The Bulldogs, who have won eight of ten games since the loss to Georgetown, improved to 21-8 on the season and 11-5 in the BIG EAST with a 67-53 victory at DePaul on Saturday. That win, coupled with Georgetown’s 81-70 loss at St. John’s, moved Butler into sole possession of second place in the conference standings, one game ahead of the Hoyas (18-9, 10-6 BIG EAST) and Providence. Butler has tied the 17th-highest single season win total (21) in school history.

Butler sits at 13-2 in Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. The Bulldogs have posted a winning record at home in 25 consecutive seasons (including this year) and have at least ten wins at home in 19 of the last 20 campaigns. Butler’s current seniors are 48-17 at home.

Butler climbed two spots in the national polls, following last week’s back-to-back wins. The Bulldogs enter this week’s action with a No. 21 national ranking in both the Associated Press National Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Butler, which began the season without a mention in either national poll, has been receiving votes or ranked in the “Top 25” in 13 of the past 14 weeks.

Butler will honor its three senior players, forward Kameron Woods, guard Alex Barlow and guard Jackson Aldridge, after the game with Georgetown. The three have helped lead Butler to 83 victories over the past four seasons, while competing in three different conferences. Woods has played in 131 games during his Butler career, Barlow has seen action in 111 contests and Aldridge has been on the floor in 102 games. The three have helped Butler to a pair of postseason tournament appearances.

Butler stormed back from a six-point deficit early in the second half with a 30-5 run and went on to post a 67-53 win at DePaul. The Bulldogs, who led by ten points on two occasions in the first half and 29-24 at halftime, fell behind when DePaul opened the second half with a 9-0 run. The Blue Demons stretched the lead to 38-32 before Butler unleashed its decisive run. Junior guard Kellen Dunham tied the game at 41-41 with a three-point field goal, and senior forward Kameron Woods followed with a pair of free throws to put the Bulldogs in front for good. Dunham scored ten of his game-high 24 points during the key second-half run, while junior guard Roosevelt Jones chipped in with eight of the 30 points.

Junior Kellen Dunham, who averaged 23.0 points in Butler’s two wins last week, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season. Dunham shot 56% (14-25) from the field, 60% (6-10) from three-point range and 100% (12-12) from the free throw line in the two games. The 6-6 guard led all players at DePaul with 24 points, hitting six of 11 shots from the floor and ten of ten attempts from the free throw line. Dunham has led the Bulldogs in scoring in six of the past seven games and in 16 total games this season.

Guard Kellen Dunham, enters this weekend’s action in 18th place on Butler’s all-time scoring list. The 6-6 junior, who scored his 1,000th career point at Tennessee just before Christmas, boosted his career scoring total to 1,343 points in Butler’s victory at DePaul. He trails former teammate Khyle Marshall (2010-14) in 17th on the all-time scoring list by 30 points.

Kellen Dunham is currently ranked third in the BIG EAST in scoring (17.0), third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made (2.3), third in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal shooting (43.5%) and third in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (86.1%). Dunham has made his last 13 free throw attempts. Kellen Dunham ranks fifth on Butler’s all-time list for 3-point field goals with 200 for his career.

Junior Roosevelt Jones had a busy afternoon at DePaul, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. It was the sixth time in the past seven games that the 6-4 guard has scored in double-figures. Jones became the 37th Butler player to join the 1,000-Point Club in the Bulldogs’ home win over Marquette last week, and he enters the Georgetown game with 1,021 career points. He’s two points behind J. P. Brens (1989-93) in 35th place on Butler’s all-time scoring list and seven points away from Dave Bennett (1968-71) in the No. 34 spot.

Roosevelt Jones ranks third in the BIG EAST in minutes played (35.1), 12th in the BIG EAST in scoring (13.0), 15th in rebounding (5.4) and fifth in assists (3.7).

Senior Kameron Woods shared the team lead with six rebounds at DePaul and in the process moved into sole possession of third place on Butler’s all-time rebounding chart. His effort boosted his career rebounding total to 890 and moved him ahead of Matt Howard (2007-11) on the all-time list. Woods has led the Bulldogs in rebounding in 13 of the past 15 games and in 22 games overall this season. The 6-9 forward, who led the BIG EAST in rebounding in 2013-14, needs 10 boards to become just the third player in Butler history to record 900 career rebounds.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Kameron Woods, Jackson Aldridge, Alex Barlow
Photo: Butler Athletics/Kameron Woods, Jackson Aldridge, Alex Barlow

Kameron Woods ranks second in the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.3), second in the BIG EAST and 24th in the NCAA Division I in total rebounds (271). He’s had nine or more rebounds in 16 games this season. Woods is first in the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (6.5) and second in the league in offensive rebounds (2.8). Woods is six rebounds shy of tenth place on Butler’s single season rebounding list.

Senior Alex Barlow was one of 15 NCAA Division I basketball players named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Team, announced on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Butler point-guard was chosen second team on the national honor squad. He’s the eighth player in Butler basketball history to earn Academic All-America recognition, joining Andrew Smith (2013), Ronald Nored (2012), Matt Howard (2009, 2010, 2011), Gordon Hayward (2010), A. J. Graves (2007, 2008), Drew Streicher (2008) and Chris Miskel (1995). Barlow is the reigning BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Alex Barlow is ranked 13th in the NCAA Division I in total steals (64) and second in the BIG EAST, 15th in the NCAA Division I, in steals per game (2.21). Barlow stands fifth on Butler’s single season list for steals (64), two behind Ronald Nored (2011-12) in fourth place. Barlow moved into fourth place on Butler’s all-time list for steals (177), six shy of A. J. Graves (2004-08) in the No. 3 spot.

Head Coach Chris Holtmann currently ranks fourth in wins among Butler coaches in their first year, trailing Brad Stevens (30), Todd Lickliter (26) and Thad Matta (24).

Butler leads the BIG EAST in rebounding margin (+5.6).

The Bulldogs will close out the regular season at Providence on Saturday (March 7), while Georgetown will host Seton Hall in its regular season finale.

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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