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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Tenn-Martin at Butler
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Butler tries to bounce back from the disappointment of a loss to an in-state rival when it hosts UT Martin on Monday. The No. 25 Bulldogs lost to Indiana 82-73 on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis while allowing a season high in points. Butler concludes the non-conference portion of its regular season versus Belmont on Sunday before opening its Big East slate with a pair of tough road games against No. 7 Villanova and No. 23 St. John's.

The Bulldogs must do a better job converting close-up shots if they are to halt their two-game slide. "We did have a couple of looks right around the basket that if a couple of those go down, it's probably a different story or at least a one-possession game," coach Chris Holtmann told reporters about the Indiana contest. "We had some layups right around the rim that we need to finish through contact a little bit better." The Skyhawks, who were No. 17 in the nation in field goal percentage at 49.5 percent entering Sunday, are coming off a 77-60 victory over Presbyterian on Saturday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

ABOUT UT MARTIN (7-3): Senior guard Deville Smith (team bests of 14.3 points and 4.9 assists) scored 23 points Saturday while recording career highs with five 3-pointers and nine assists. "Deville is special,” coach Heath Schroyer told the school's website. “When you have a guy like him who can put you on his back when you need it, it helps out if you get into some lulls on both ends of the floor. We hadn’t been at home in a while so we will definitely take the win.” The Skyhawks, picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference's West Division, also get big contributions from junior forward Twymond Howard (14.2 points, 5.9 rebounds).

ABOUT BUTLER (8-3): Kellen Dunham, a 6-6 junior guard, leads the Bulldogs in scoring (16.9) after scoring 23 against Indiana, although 18 came in the first half. Senior forward Kameron Woods averages eight points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds, and has recorded four double-doubles this season. Junior forward Roosevelt Jones fills up the stat sheet with 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists per game while owning a 52:27 assists-to-turnover ratio.

TIP-INS

1. Butler has a plus-3.3 rebounding differential while UT Martin is plus-5.7.

2. The Skyhawks played seven straight on the road prior to Saturday and after Monday return home for four in a row.

3. Dunham has scored in double figures in every game this season.

PREDICTION: Butler 75, UT Martin 63
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Tenn-Martin 7-3 W1 2-0 5-3 0-0 2-0 5-3 0-0
Butler 8-3 L2 5-0 1-1 2-2 5-3 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Tenn-Martin Butler
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/18/00 UTM 48 BUT 77 48 25 41.9 77 23 47.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Tenn-Martin N/A
Butler N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Tenn-Martin N/A
Butler N/A
Assists Player  
Tenn-Martin N/A
Butler N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Tenn-Martin T. Howard 144 56.2 31
Butler K. Dunham 186 45.1 49
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Tenn-Martin T. Howard 59 16 43
Butler K. Woods 103 35 68
Assists Player  
Tenn-Martin D. Smith 49
Butler R. Jones 52
Quickchart Matchup
Tenn-Martin Off vs  Butler Defense
70.7 Points For
57.9 Points Against
47.8 FG%
39.9 FG%
30.0 Reb
29.6 Reb
Butler Off vs  Tenn-Martin Defense
72.4 Points For
67.6 Points Against
44.7 FG%
44.4 FG%
29.6 Reb
26.3 Reb