How to Watch
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Radio: 1070 AM / 93.5 FM (Butler), 670 AM (DePaul)
For those of you unable to watch, follow along with the live stats here.
Line: Butler -8.5 (via OddsShark)
1. Can Butler bounce back after sliding in the rankings this week?
The Bulldogs had just one loss in non-conference play, climbing all the way up to No. 9 in the AP poll before opening their conference schedule with back-to-back losses to now No. 8 Providence and No. 10 Xavier. Chris Holtmann's squad slipped just nine spots in Monday's poll to No. 18 considering the strength of last week's opponents, but they'll need a bit of a spark on Tuesday night, especially with Villanova on the horizon this weekend. The team lost control of an eleven point halftime lead against the Friars as Kris Dunn, Rodney Bullock and Ben Bentil went boiling lava hot from the field in the second half, and then struggled to keep up with the Musketeers for pretty much the whole game on Saturday while testing out a new starting lineup. Considering that Xavier was missing freshman guard Edmond Sumner for that matchup, the Bulldogs left a lot to be desired in both of last week's losses.
2. Will Billy Garrett Jr.'s scoring streak continue?
After Georgetown comfortably finished off the Blue Demons in their first Big East contest, DePaul fell just short of a late rally against Seton Hall on Saturday. A huge part of DePaul's run in that game came from junior guard Billy Garrett Jr., who finished his third-straight game with 20 points or more. That scoring streak began in the team's upset over then-No. 20 George Washington, and it's added to an already hot season that has him posting career highs in points per game (15) and field goal percentage (44.1 percent). Considering the fact that Butler has had some major issues with covering opposing guards in the last two games, this could be another huge opportunity for Garrett to take over on the stat sheet.
3. Is the Kellen Dunham cold streak over?
Kellen Dunham by the numbers: To start off the season, Dunham scored in double digits for the team's first nine games. Since then? Including the Tennessee game, in which Dunham had 12 points on just 3-of-13 shooting, he's shot a combined 14-of-72 over a six-game stretch. While he certainly didn't end the slump against Xavier, he did show flashes of light at the end of the tunnel with 13 points and three makes from behind the three-point arc. Butler's losses certainly can't be blamed on Dunham alone, but considering his early-season status as one of the most potent scorers in the nation, he's an invaluable weapon to this Butler team.