Site: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Time: 7PM EDT
Know Your Foe
Record - 15-16 (6-12)
Coach - Kevin Willard, 4th Season - 64-64 (109-113)
Mascot - Pirates
Conference - Big East
Enrollment - 9,800
Tale of the Tape
Butler finished the season winning two games in a row in the Big East for the first time. The Bulldogs had two confincing wins over DePaul and Seton Hall. The Bulldogs were led this season by sophomore Kellen Dunham, who averaged 16.8 points, while senior Khyle Marshall was second on the team in scoring, 14.7, and rebounding 4.8. First year head coach Brandon Miller has his team peaking in March and finished 4-14 in the Big East and 14-16 overall.
Seton Hall secured the 8th seed in the Big East tournament, but lost their final game to the Bulldogs in Indianapolis. Fuquan Edwin led the Pirates in scoring this season at 14.7 points and also led the Big East in steals, whilei Sterling Gibbs added 13.7 points and 4.2 assists per game. Fourth year head coach Kevin Willard led Seton Hall to a 6-12 Big East record and 15-16 overall. He is now .500 at Seton Hall in his 4 years.
The two meetings were swept by Butler this season, including a season finale win at Hinkle Fieldhouse 71-54. The Bulldogs were led by Kellen Dunham with 29 points (11/14 FG) and Khyle Marshall with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Seton Hall forward Patrik Auda scored a team-high 22 for the Pirates.
Players to Watch
Kellen Dunham - The sophomore led Butler in scoring at 16.8 points while shooting 39.5% from the field and 36.3% from three and was named 2nd Team All-Big East. He continued his impressive 2nd season in Indianapolis and finished 7th in scoring in the Big East. Dunham was on fire against the Pirates on Saturday. He scored 29 points on 11/14 shooting and made all 7 of his three point attempts.
Kameron Woods - Woods will need to have a good game on the glass for Butler to make a three in a row over Seton Hall. The Big East's best rebounder, 8.9 per game, had just 1 point to go along with his team-high 9 rebounds in the season finale against Seton Hall.
Andrew Chrabascz - The freshman forward has played well since starting for the first time against Seton Hall. The freshman was named to the All-Rookie Big East team after averaging 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He scored nearly 10 points per game in his nine starts. He scored just 3 points in 23 minutes in the final meeting with Seton Hall.
Patrik Auda - The face-up bigman averages 9.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists, while shooting 53.7% from the field and 34.5% from three. He scored 22 points on 9/15 shooting (2/3 3PT) in the 2nd meeting with Butler. He played a team-high 31 minutes.
Fuquan Edwin - Arguably the best player for the Pirates, Edwin is a long versatile guard that makes a huge impact on the defensive end. Edwin led the Big East in steals, 2.8, while leading the Pirates in scoring at 14.7 points per game. Edwin scored just 4 points in the 2nd meeting shooting 2/10 from the field.
Jared Sina - The freshman guard, who was once recruited by Butler, started against the Bulldogs in the season finale. He played the 2nd most minutes for the Pirates, 30, but finished with just 2 points on 1/4 shooting. He did add 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Sina averages 6.2 points, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 rebounds per game.
Keys to the Game
Three Point Shooting - Butler dominated from the arc in game two of the series. The Bulldogs hit 11/18 from beyond the arc, while Seton Hall made just 3/14. If Butler can continue to have an advantage from three point range, Butler will be in good shape. Butler shot 31.8% from three this season, 8th in the Big East, while Seton Hall shot 36.3%, which was 3rd.
Free Throw Shooting - Butler wasn't terrible from the free throw line in the last meeting. The Bulldogs shot 12/22 (54.5%) from the line, which could have made the game even more lopsided. Seton Hall was 9/11 (81.8%) from the floor. If the Pirates were able to get to the line more often, they could have made even more out of the better free throw shooting. Butler shot 66.5% this season, which was 10th in the Big East, while Seton Hall finished 3rd at 71.7%.
Winning Streak - Butler has won two games in a row in the Big East for the first time and look to continue that streak during the Big East Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Seton Hall and DePaul back to back, each in convincing fashion. It will be interesting to see if Butler can ride the momentum and continue their solid play.
4-6 - Butler's all-time record at Madison Square Garden.
16.8- Kellen Dunham's scoring average this season, which ranks 7th in the Big East.
1,351 - Kyle Marshall's career point total, which ranks 17th in Butler history.
9.9 - Andrew Chrabascz scoring average in nine starts this season.
3.1 - Alex Barlow's assists to turnover ratio, which ranks 2nd in the Big East.
72.7 - Seton Hall's scoring average this season.