2018-19 BUTLER BULLDOGS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

CONFERENCE: Big East

HEAD COACH: LaVall Jordan

RECORD AT BUTLER: 21-14 (1 season)

OVERALL CAREER RECORD: 32-38

2017 – 18 BIG EAST RECORD: 9 – 9

2017 – 18 POST-SEASON: NCAA, lost to Purdue 76–73 in the second round

 

FIVE-YEAR WINNING TREND:

2014: 14

2015: 23

2016: 22

2017: 25

2018: 21

 

FIVE – YEAR TOURNAMENT HISTORY

2014: None

2015: Round of 32

2016: Round of 32

2017: Sweet 16

2018: Round of 32

 

2017 – 18 STATLINE:

SCORING OFFENSE: 78.9

SCORING DEFENSE: 72.6

FIELD GOAL%: 47.3

3 FIELD GOAL%: 35.7

EFFECTIVE FG%: 54.0

THREE THROW%: 77.6

OFFENSIVE REBOUND%: 26.0

DEFENSIVE REBOUND%: 76.3

 

RETURNING LEADERS:

POINTS: Kamar Baldwin, 15.7

REBOUNDS: Kamar Baldwin 4.9

ASSISTS: Aaron Thompson 3.4

 

KEY PERSONNEL LOSSES

F Kelan Martin, 21.2PPG, 6.3RPG

F Tyler Wideman, 9.3PPG, 5.1RPG

 

2018 – 19 PRE-SEASON ALL – BIG EAST HONORS

SECOND TEAM: Kamar Baldwin

 

2018 – 19 NEWCOMER TO WATCH

F Jordan Tucker, 6’7”, transfer from Duke

 

2017 – 18 BIG EAST STANDINGS:

  1. Xavier 15 – 3
  2. Villanova 14 – 4
  3. Seton Hall 10 – 8
  4. Creighton 10 – 8
  5. Providence 10 – 8
  6. Butler 9 – 9
  7. Marquette 9 – 9
  8. Georgetown 5 – 13
  9. John’s 4 – 14
  10. DePaul 4 – 14

 

RECRUITING RANKINGS BIG EAST

  1. Villanova
  2. Providence
  3. Georgetown
  4. Creighton
  5. DePaul
  6. John’s
  7. Seton Hall
  8. Xavier
  9. Butler
  10. Marquette

 

2017 – 18 RESULTS

Kennesaw State 82 – 64

Princeton 85 – 75

Maryland 65 – 79

Furman 82 – 65

Texas 48 – 61

Portland State 71 – 69

Ohio State 67 – 66 OT

St. Louis 75 – 45

Utah 81 – 69

Youngstown State 95 – 67

Purdue 67 – 82

Morehead State 85 – 69

Western Illinois 107 – 46

Georgetown 91 – 89 2OT

Villanova 101 – 93

Xavier 79 – 86

Seton Hall 87 – 90

Creighton 74 – 85

Marquette 94 – 83

Providence 60 – 70

DePaul 79 – 67

St. John’s 70 – 45

Marquette 92 – 72

DePaul 80 – 57

Xavier 93 – 98 OT

Villanova 75 – 86

Georgetown 83 – 87

Providence 69 – 54

Creighton 93 – 70

St. John’s 68 – 75 2OT

Seton Hall 70 – 77

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT

Seton Hall 75 – 74

Villanova 68 – 87

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Arkansas 79 – 62

Purdue 73 – 76

 

2018 – 19 SCHEDULE

October 28 Tiffin– exhibition

November 3 Southern Illinois– exhibition

November 10 Miami Ohio

November 12 Detroit Mercy

November 16 Ole Miss

November 21 Dayton at Paradise Island, Bahamas

November 22 Virginia or Middle Tennessee State at Paradise Island, Bahamas

November 23 TBD, at Paradise Island, Bahamas

December 1 at St. Louis

December 5 Brown

December 8 Northern Illinois

December 15 Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

December 18 Presbyterian

December 21 UC Irvine

December 29 at Florida

January 1 Georgetown

January 5 Creighton

January 9 at Seton Hall

January 13 at Xavier

January 16 at DePaul

January 19 St. John’s

January 22 Villanova

January 25 at Creighton

January 30 Marquette

February 2 Seton Hall

February 9 at Georgetown

February 12 at St. John’s

February 16 DePaul

February 20 at Marquette

February 26 Providence

March 2 at Villanova

March 5 Xavier

March 9 at Providence

March 13 – March 16 Big East tournament at New York

 

2018 – 19 ROSTER:

0 Campbell Donovan      G            So.         5-11       170        Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Dwenger              

1 Jordan Tucker                F             So.         6-7         210        White Plains, N.Y. / Wheeler (Ga.) Duke

2 Aaron Thompson         G            So.         6-2         185        Glenn Dale, Md. / Paul VI Catholic (Va.)     

3 Kamar Baldwin             G            Jr.           6-1         195        Winder, Ga. / Apalachee            

5 Paul Jorgensen             G            R-Sr.      6-2         185        New City, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)   George Washington

10 Bryce Nze                     F             R-Jr.       6-7         225        Hartland, Wis. / Arrowhead   Milwaukee

20 Henry Baddley            G/F        Jr.           6-4         180        Wadsworth, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary    

21 Jerald Gillens-Butler  G/F        So.         6-4         230        Orlando, Fla. / Calvary Christian Academy           

22 Sean McDermott        F             R-Jr.       6-6         195        Anderson, Ind. / Pendleton Heights              

24 Markeese Hastings   F             Fr.          6-7         190        Wyoming, Mich. / Godwin Heights              

25 Christian David           F             So.         6-6         200        Milton, Ontario / Vermont Academy              

33 Bryce Golden              F             Fr.          6-9         250        Winchester, Va. / Saint James School (Md.)   

50 Joey Brunk                   F/C         R-So.     6-11       230        Indianapolis, Ind. / Southport   

51 Nate Fowler                 F/C         Sr.          6-10       240        Cincinnati, Ohio / Moeller          

Coaching Staff

LaVall Jordan ’01                            Head Coach

Jeff Meyer                                        Assistant Coach

Omar Lowery                                   Assistant Coach

Emerson Kampen ’13                    Assistant Coach

Brandon Crone ’07                         Coordinator of Basketball Operations

Will Vergollo                                    Basketball Analyst

Matthew Johnson                          Strength and Conditioning Coach – Men’s Basketball

Ryan Galloy ’00                               Director of Sports Medicine

 

FINAL ANALYSIS

Without Kelan Martin, Butler will have a different look this season. Martin has taken the second – highest point total in school history with him and averaged 23.6 points per game in the Big East. In order to make a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, the Bulldogs must put all the parts together. Newcomer Jordan Tucker won’t be eligible until the start of the second semester. Tucker is the highest – ranked Butler recruit in its history. Until he is eligible, Nate Fowler and Henry Baddley will hold down the inside along with 6’11” forward Joey Brunk. Kamar Baldwin is the team’s leading scorer averaging 15.7 points per game last season. Baldwin’s 548 points ranked fourth in Butler history in scoring by a sophomore. Look for Aaron Thompson and Paul Jorgensen to provide depth in the backcourt. Jorgenson is a dangerous perimeter player. Coach Jordan will get to prove he is the next great Butler head coach this season.

BIG EAST PREDICTION: 5th

POST – SEASON: NIT