GAME 21: BUTLER (7-13, 6-11 BIG EAST) VS. –/RV SETON HALL (13-9, 10-6 BIG EAST)
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
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The Bulldogs tip off a pair of home games this week with a Wednesday night match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse against Seton Hall. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 22 before being postponed due to what was ultimately deemed a false positive COVID result within the Butler program.
• On Sunday at Xavier, Butler played without starters Aaron Thompson, Bo Hodges and Bryce Nze; all three are questionable for Wednesday’s game.
• Freshmen have scored 34 percent of Butler’s points so far this season.
• Freshman Myles Tate had a career-high 22 points in the Jan. 2 game at Seton Hall.
• The Jan. 2 game at Seton Hall included a season-high 11 three-pointers for Butler.
• Bryce Golden recorded his first career double-double Sunday at Xavier, including a career-best 12 rebounds.
• Jair Bolden currently stands at 998 career points; Nze went over 1,000 career points in the Feb. 2 game at Marquette.
• Freshman Myles Wilmoth had a career-high nine rebounds at Xavier.
• Chuck Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 11.5 points per game; he has three 20-point games.
• Butler has committed single-digit turnovers in seven games this season.
• Averaging only 11.5 turnovers per game, Butler just outside the Top 50 nationally.
• Eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season; five different Bulldogs have posted 20-point games.
• Christian David has started the last two games in place of the injured Bryce Nze, the first two starts of his Butler career.
• Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST at 7.7 rebounds per game.
• Harris is ninth in the BIG EAST with a 40.2 three-point percentage.
• Bolden is sixth in the BIG EAST at 2.6 three-pointers per game.
• Butler is allowing only 67.6 points per game in conference play, which is second in the BIG EAST.
• Butler’s 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Feb. 9 included overcoming a 16-point deficit.
• The Bulldogs had a season-best 46 points in the paint vs. St. John’s.
• No. 8 Creighton is the highest-ranked opponent Butler has beaten since a 101-93 win over No. 1 Villanova, Dec. 30, 2017.
THE SERIES: Butler and Seton Hall have met 17 times, all since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. The Bulldogs hold a slim 9-8 lead in the all-time series, including a 4-3 mark at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Seton Hall has won three straight in the series, including 68-60 decision in Newark Jan. 2.
Butler Leads, 9-8
Streak: Seton Hall, W3
At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler Leads, 4-3
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. SHU: 2-6
First Meeting: Butler, 64-57; 1/29/14 (at SHU)
Last Meeting: Seton Hall, 68-60; 1/2/21 (at SHU)
FIRST TIME AROUND: A second-half run came up just short as Butler fell to Seton Hall, 68-60, Jan. 2 in Newark, N.J.
Sandro Mamukelashvili led Seton Hall with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Seton Hall’s largest lead of the game was 13 (45-32) with 15:21 remaining. The Bulldogs pulled back into the contest with an 11-0 run, highlighted by consecutive three-pointers from freshmen Myles Tate, Chuck Harris and Myles Wilmoth, making it 47-46 with 8:08 to play. Seton Hall responded with five straight points. Over the final six minutes, Butler would cut the lead to one on several occasions, but never got over the hump as Seton Hall capped the game at the free throw line.
The Pirates went 17-of-20 at the line, while Butler had only nine attempts. Aaron Thompson missed the game with a sprained knee ligament.
Tate recorded a career-high 22 points Jan. 2 at Seton Hall. His output included a career-best five three-pointers.
THREE AT A TIME: The Bulldogs shot a sizzling 11-of-22 from three-point range Jan. 2 at Seton Hall. The 11 three-pointers were the most by a Butler team since hitting 12 at Nebraska March 20, 2019 in the NIT.
LAST TIME OUT: Butler could not overcome 30-percent shooting and being down three starters in falling at Xavier, 63-51, Sunday night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.
Butler played without injured starters Aaron Thompson, Bo Hodges and Bryce Nze.
The Bulldogs shot 18-of-61 overall, including 6-of-31 from three-point range. Butler shot only 19 percent in the second half.
Butler’s defense caused Xavier a number of problems as well, limiting the Musketeers to only 2-of-19 shooting from behind the arc. Xavier shot 44 percent overall and had 36 points in the paint.
With 5:10 remaining in the game, Butler pulled within four at 49-45. A Dwon Odom three-point play gave Xavier a cushion that allowed the home team to finish the game at the free throw line.
NEEDING EXTRA TIME: Butler’s Aaron Thompson and Bryce Nze posted double-doubles, leading the Bulldogs to a clutch 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Feb. 9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Thompson had 17 points, including the basket with two seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game to overtime, to go along with 10 assists. Nze had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs overcame a 16-point deficit. Butler was able to end the Red Storm’s six-game winning streak.
Thompson and Nze are the first Bulldogs to post double-doubles in the same game since the same duo accomplished the feat Nov. 9, 2019 in a home win over New Orleans.
CALL IT A COMEBACK: Four of Butler’s seven wins have included a double-digit comeback. The Feb. 9th 16-point comeback against St. John’s is joined by three earlier ones in BIG EAST play. (12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6).
The 16-point recovery against St. John’s was Butler’s biggest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double-overtime win.
2 FOR 20: Bryce Nze and Chuck Harris each scored 22 points in the Feb. 6 home win over DePaul. For Nze, it set his high mark in a Butler uniform (he has a career-high of 25 points from his time at Milwaukee), while Harris tied his career-high set earlier this season against Southern Illinois. The duo combined for seven three-pointers.
Nze and Harris are the first Butler duo to score 20 points in the same game since Kamar Baldwin (30) and Jordan Tucker (24) did so against St. John’s, Jan. 19, 2019.
INSTANT IMPACT: Bo Hodges had an appeal of a waiver for immediate eligibility approved by the NCAA prior to the Bulldogs’ Jan. 30 game with Xavier. In just his second game (and his first start) for Butler, Hodges set career-highs with 12 rebounds and eight assists to go along with 15 points, narrowly missing a triple-double Feb. 2 at Marquette.
‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 7.7 caroms per game. Nze pulled down 14 rebounds Jan. 19 at DePaul, his second time in three outings hitting that mark (also at St. John’s Jan. 12). It is his highest total in a Butler uniform (although he had 17 in a game while playing at Milwaukee). He has six games with 10 or more rebounds this season.
HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler is third in the BIG EAST and 52nd nationally, averaging only 11.5 turnovers per game. Butler had only six turnovers against Xavier Jan. 30, one of the team’s seven single-digit turnover outputs this season. The six turnovers matched the team’s season-low. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only seven times in 45 minutes of play in the Jan. 16 win over Creighton.
Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 55 of the 119 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.
YOUNG GUNS: The highest-rated recruiting class in Butler history has lived up to the billing so far. Chuck Harris, Myles Tate and JaKobe Coles (who is out for the remainder of the season with a meniscus injury) have each led the team in scoring in a game so far this season.
Harris has a pair of 22-point performances and is second among BIG EAST true freshmen in scoring (trailing only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia.)
Harris was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week by the conference office Dec. 28. Harris is the third Bulldog to earn Freshman of the Week honors since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. He joins Kelan Martin (final week of the 2014-15 regular season) and Kamar Baldwin (twice during the 2016-17 season) on that list.
Tate posted a career-high 10 rebounds in his first career double-double Jan. 16 vs. Creighton. Tate recorded a career-high 22 points Jan. 2 at Seton Hall. His output included a career-best five three-pointers.
This is only the third season since 2008-09 that three true freshmen have started a game for Butler: 2020-21 (Tate, Harris, Coles); 2011-12 (Roosevelt Jones, Kameron Woods, Jackson Aldridge); and 2008-09 (Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ron Nored).