Butler (11-7) at Providence (13-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 21, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dunkin Donuts Center (12,400) -- Providence, Rhode
Island. Television: FOX Sports 1. Home Record: Butler 7-3, Providence 9-1.
Away Record: Butler 2-2, Providence 2-2. Neutral Record: Butler 2-2,
Providence 2-2. Conference Record: Butler 1-5, Providence 3-2. Series Record:
GAME NOTES: The Providence Friars look to extend a three-game win streak as
they host the Butler Bulldogs, one of the newest additions to the Big East
Conference, Tuesday at Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Butler finally ended a five-game losing streak with an overtime victory
against Marquette, 69-57, in Big East play Saturday. The win was Butler's
first in-conference this season, and the first in the program's short Big East
After setting off on a three-game losing streak that included two overtime
contests, the Friars have won three in a row in Big East play, including an
81-68 defeat of then-No. 20 ranked Creighton at home. The loss was Creighton's
first in the conference this season.
This meeting between Providence and Butler represents the first in their
Butler trailed Marquette by as many as 12 points in the second half of their
bout Saturday, but a Bulldogs' comeback forced overtime, where Butler easily
prevailed. Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall each chipped in 18 points to lead
the Bulldogs. Kameron Woods scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the
double-double. Butler shot 41.4 percent from the floor in the contest, but
went just 51.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Dunham and Marshall pace the Bulldogs as the only two players to average
double-digit scoring totals. Dunham checks in at 18.4 ppg through 18 contests,
while Marshall nets 15.8 ppg. Woods isn't far out of the double-digit point
average. Woods scores 9.1 ppg and leads the team with an impressive 9.9 rpg
clip. Alex Barlow is the team's top passer with a 3.3 apg average.
Providence used a 7-0 run to open the second half against Creighton as a
vehicle for further destruction, as the Friars were able to hold Creighton, a
team previously averaging 82 ppg, to 68 points in the contest. Bryce Cotton
led the way for Providence with 23 points and six assists, while LaDontae
Henton contributed 19 points. Kadeem Batts also chipped in 13 in the win.
Cotton is among the league leaders in scoring, averaging 20.4 ppg this season
on 40 percent shooting from the floor. He also tops Providence with 105
assists on the season to just 39 turnovers. Tyler Harris is second on the team
with a 13.2 ppg average, and Henton comes in at third with 13.1 ppg. Henton
tops the Friars with a 7.3 rpg average. The Friars are scoring 73 ppg as a
unit on 41.5 percent
Providence's game against the favored Creighton Bluejays proves that this team
is capable of great things this season. Unless the Friars get over-confident
after the upset, they should be able to take down the Bulldogs at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Providence 78, Butler 71
01/21 10:33:48 ET
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