• Aaron Thompson has missed five straight games with a sprained ligament in his right knee. He is questionable for Wednesday’s game.
• JaKobe Coles (meniscus – left knee) is out indefinitely. He will be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks.
GAME 8: Butler (2-5, 1-3 BIG EAST) vs. Georgetown (3-6, 1-4 BIG EAST)
Wednesday, Jan. 6; 7PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
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The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse Wednesday night, hosting Georgetown for a 7 p.m. tip.
Butler is 2-5 on the young season and 1-3 in conference play. Georgetown is 3-6 and 1-4 (BIG EAST).
• The true road team is 11-3 in the all-time series between Butler and Georgetown.
• KenPom lists Butler’s schedule to date as the 20th-toughest nationally.
• Five different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring over the team’s first seven games.
• Four of Butler’s top seven players in minutes played this season are true freshmen.
• Myles Tate scored a career-high 22 points Saturday at Seton Hall.
• Butler shot a season-best 11-of-22 from three-point range at Seton Hall.
• 52 percent of freshman Myles Wilmoth’s rebounds this season have been on the offensive glass.
• Four different Bulldogs have posted 20-point games for Butler so far this season.
• Butler is 37th nationally, committing an average of only 11.3 turnovers per game.
• Chuck Harris earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Dec. 28.
• Jair Bolden’s 3.0 three-pointers per game lead the BIG EAST and are 37th nationally.
• Bryce Nze ranks tenth in the BIG EAST at 7.0 rebounds per game.
• Bolden has led the Bulldogs in scoring in three of his seven career games in a Butler uniform.
• Butler put five players in double figures in the win over Providence Dec. 23.
• Tate had eight rebounds and seven assists (both career-highs) against Providence Dec. 23.
• Harris posted career-highs of 22 points and six assists vs. Southern Illinois Dec. 21.
• Nze had his first double-double of the season (and 11th of his career) with 14 points and 11 rebounds vs. SIU.
• Bolden hit a career-best six three-pointers against Indiana Dec. 19, posting 20 points.
THE SERIES: Georgetown Leads, 9-7
Streak: Georgetown, W1
At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Georgetown Leads, 6-1
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. GU: 3-3
First Meeting: Georgetown, 72-65; 12/8/09
(Jimmy V Classic; Madison Square Garden)
Last Meeting: Georgetown 73-66, 2/15/20 (at Hinkle)
Georgetown owns a 9-7 lead in the all-time series with the Hoyas. The road team has won the last nine meetings between the two teams and the road team is 11-3 in the series. The teams have split the season series each of the last four years.
Butler played without starting point guard Aaron Thompson in both games against Georgetown a season ago. Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden are the only returning Bulldogs who scored against the Hoyas a season ago.
YOUNG GUN: Freshman Myles Tate recorded a career-high 22 points Saturday at Seton Hall. His output included a career-best five three-pointers. He added five assists. For his efforts, he picked up a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
Tate became the fourth different Bulldog (and second true freshman) to register a game of 20 or more points through the team’s first seven games. Last season, only Kamar Baldwin and Sean McDermott scored more than 20 points in a game.
Tate is also the fifth Bulldog (and third true freshman) to lead the team in scoring through the first seven games. Butler’s top two returning scorers – Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden – are not among the five players who have led the team in scoring at this point in the season.
THREE AT A TIME: The Bulldogs shot a sizzling 11-of-22 from three-point range Saturday 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.
HINKLE FIELDHOUSE TO SERVE AS A HOST VENUE FOR 2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES: The NCAA will stage the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. Selection Sunday is still scheduled for March 14, and plans remain to have the Final Four on April 3 and 5, with exact preliminary-round dates to be determined.
Games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Only one game at a time will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The only other NCAA Tournament games to be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse (then known as Butler Fieldhouse) were a regional in 1940.
YOU WANT HIM BEHIND THAT LINE; YOU NEED HIM BEHIND THAT LINE: Graduate transfer Jair Bolden is off to a hot start in his Butler career. Bolden’s average of 3.0 three-pointers per game leads the BIG EAST (and is 37th nationally), while his three-point percentage of 42.0 percent is in the Top 70 nationally. Bolden is second on the team at 13.6 points per game.
Bolden’s production from behind the arc has been increasingly important as the Bulldogs only return players who made 21 of the team’s 212 three-pointers in 2019-20.
ROOKIE ACCOLADES: Chuck Harris was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week by the conference office Dec. 28. Harris averaged 16.0 points per game as the Bulldogs recorded a 1-1 week. He posted a career-best 22 points against Southern Illinois Dec. 21 to highlight his week. In the team’s two games, which included a win over Providence, Harris shot 52 percent from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range.
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.
For the season, Harris is third among the Bulldogs with an average of 11.1 points per game. Among true freshmen in the BIG EAST, only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (at 12.4 points per game) is averaging more.
BALANCED ATTACK: In the Dec. 23 win over Providence, the Bulldogs put five players in double figures, led by freshman JaKobe Coles with 14 points. It was only the third time in more than two calendar years that Butler has had five players score 10 or more in the same game (win vs. St. John’s, 3/4/20; loss vs. Providence, 2/1/20). Prior to that, Butler had five in double figures in a Dec. 8, 2018 win over Northern Illinois.
TIGHT SQUEEZE: Butler turned the ball over only eight times in the Dec. 30 loss at Providence, which is its second-best mark of the young season (six turnovers against Western Michigan Nov. 25). Butler’s average of only 11.3 turnovers per game is 37th nationally.
This continues a strong trend from last season. Butler had 14 games last season with 10 or fewer turnovers.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The highest-rated recruiting class in Butler history has lived up to the billing so far. Four true freshmen are among the top seven Bulldogs in terms of minutes played through Butler’s first seven games. Chuck Harris, Myles Tate and JaKobe Coles have each scored in double figures in multiple games so far this season and all three have led the team in scoring in a game so far this season. In a six-point game midway through the second half at No. 7 Villanova Dec. 16, coach LaVall Jordan employed a line-up of his four freshmen alongside John-Michael Mulloy, who played a total of 76 minutes as a freshman last season.
Butler’s young roster has been tested early with KenPom ranking the Bulldogs’ schedule as the 20th-toughest in the nation so far this season. Three of Butler’s first four BIG EAST games have come on the road, and all four have been against teams picked in the top half of the conference in the preseason poll.
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).
SCHEDULING QUIRK: Only three games into its BIG EAST schedule, the Bulldogs were already done with their home-and-home series against Providence. Butler was done with the Friars before facing eight BIG EAST teams for the first time.