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Butler (10-6) at (20) Creighton (14-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 14, 9:07 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,260) -- Omaha, Nebraska. Television: FOX Sports 1. Home Record: Butler 6-3, Creighton 9-0. Away Record: Butler 2-1, Creighton 4-0. Neutral Record: Butler 2-2, Creighton 1-2. Conference Record: Butler 0-4, Creighton 4-0. Series Record: Creighton leads, 4-3.

GAME NOTES: The Creighton Bluejays broke into the top-20 with a defeat of Xavier on Sunday, and they will try to keep their perfect league ledger intact, as they host the Butler Bulldogs in Big East Conference action at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Butler's struggles have been well documented recently, as the Bulldogs have lost four straight in Big East play, including a 70-67 heartbreaker in overtime to Georgetown Saturday. Since opening the season 10-2 overall, the Bulldogs have fallen to the bottom of the conference with their Big East struggles.

Creighton, on the other hand, has been riding a tidal wave of success with a nine-game win streak. The Bluejays are 4-0 in the Big East, which ties for the conference lead with Villanova. Creighton took care of business Sunday with a 95-89 victory over Xavier Sunday.

The Bluejays hold a slim all-time series lead against Butler, 4-3, but have won the last three meetings between the two programs. The last win for Butler in the series came in February of 1934.

Georgetown led by nine points over Butler with just under seven minutes left to play in regulation in the Bulldogs' last contest. A late Butler rally sent the game to overtime, where the Hoyas shot 60 percent from the field and outscored Butler 10-7 for the three-point win. Kellen Dunham led all scorers in the game with 21 points for the Bulldogs, who fell to 0-4 in Big East play. Dunham was 6-of-19 shooting, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range. Khyle Marshall netted 18 points before fouling out of the game, while Andrew Chrabascz scored 14 off the bench with six rebounds. The Bulldogs were exactly 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, going 20-of-60 in the contest.

Dunham and Marshall have led the way for the Bulldogs this season in scoring, ranking one-two on the team. Dunham nets an impressive 18.8 ppg on 39.7 percent shooting from the floor. Marshall isn't too far behind Dunham's total at 15.9 ppg, but surpasses Dunham's accuracy with 55 percent shooting this season. Kameron Woods (92. ppg this season) leads the Bulldogs in rebounding at 9.7 rpg. As a unit, Butler is averaging 75.3 ppg compared to its opponents' 67.1 ppg.

Despite the questionable status for Sunday's game against Xavier, Doug McDermott shrugged off any signs of a sprained shoulder and helped his Bluejays defeat the Musketeers. Xavier and Creighton both entered the game on eight-game winning streaks. McDermott scored a game-high 35 points getting the start, and grabbed seven rebounds in the process. He shot 13-of-24 from the field, and hit 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Ethan Wragge (15 points), Austin Chatman (12) and Jahenns Manigat (11) each contributed double figures, while Devin Brooks netted 14 off the bench. Manigat added a team-high six assists in the win.

McDermott's scoring average improved to 25 ppg this season, while his team- leading 7.3 rpg average stayed right around its normal productivity. Despite the sensational offensive attack Creighton possesses, the Bluejays have just one other player averaging double-digit point totals per game. Wragge nets 12.3 ppg, while Manigat is third on the roster at 8.3 ppg. Still, Creighton manages 82.3 ppg this season and is holding opponents to 65.3 ppg.

Butler's current slump is a bit disheartening, but the Bulldogs will likely pull out of it eventually. It's a tough Big East Conference this season though, and Creighton is right up at the top. Look for the Bluejays to continue their offensive dominance, especially at home, in this matchup.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Creighton 85, Butler 74

01/14 10:34:13 ET

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NBA
Final
ORL 100
MIL 115
Final
IND 103
NYK 82
Final
MEM 99
DEN 69
3rd
LAL 65
CHI 51
 
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
Final
RUTG 51
MSU 71
Final
ARMY 71
BU 67
 
Final
RFLSH 75
BRY 68
 
Final
MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
Final
LIU 67
CCST 55
 
Final
TOWS 74
COC 70
 
Final
UMASS 66
DAY 64
Final
FUR 59
ETST 55
 
Final
ODU 71
FIU 56
Final
RMU 87
FD 65
 
Final
CHAR 86
FATL 61
Final
LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
Final
UNF 86
KNST 67
 
Final
FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
Final
OSU 80
MD 56
Final
Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
Final
STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
Final
WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
Final
GMAS 68
STLU 60
 
Final
JVU 65
USCU 78
 
Final
VMI 70
WCU 85
 
Final
LATU 69
WKENT 56
Final
UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
Final
DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
Final
GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
Final
TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
Final
GHND 64
HC 54
 
Final
CIN 70
UCONN 58
Final
NDST 61
DEN 54
 
Final
SD 55
MAST 66
 
Final
UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
Final
BEL 103
JVST 82
 
Final
SMISS 54
MARS 69
Final
TXSA 69
MTST 58
Final
PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
Final
SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
Final
TENST 64
TENT 56
 
Final
NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
Final
SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
Final
TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
Final
TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
Final
MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
Final
NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
Final
MIZZ 53
KENT 69
Final
GONZ 64
PORT 46
Final
UTEP 71
UAB 69
Final
GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
Final
WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
1st OT
USC 72
COL 70
 
2nd
UCI 63
CPSL 53
 
2nd
CSNO 65
HAW 76
 
Final
PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 54
SCU 44
 
2nd
UCD 67
UCSB 62
 
2nd
UCLA 60
UTAH 50
 
Final
PORST 54
MONT 73
 
Final
SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 52
LBSU 46
 
2nd
GAELS 44
LMU 37
 
1st
WASU 30
CAL 30
 
1st
BYU 34
USF 28
 
Final
NYI 2
BOS 5
Final
NYR 0
MON 1
Final
PHI 5
WIN 2
Final
TOR 1
ARI 3
Final
FLA 3
CLB 2
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 5
NAS 4
Final
CAL 0
MIN 1
2nd Intermission
EDM 3
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
SJS 6
ANA 1