GAME NOTES AT BUTLER
Indianapolis, Ind. - The North Dakota men's basketball teams goes from playing in one of the nicest state-of-the-art facilities in the country last weekend at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., to one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball this Saturday. That place is Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., as UND will play the Bulldogs at 5 p.m. CT in a building that was constructed in1928.
Basketball greats such as John Wooden, Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird have all played inside the 10,000-seat arena that was also used in the filming of the movie "Hoosiers".
Saturday's contest will also be aired nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Wayne Larrivee calling the play-by-play and former NBA standout Dickey Simpkins handling the color analysis.
UND VS. BUTLER SERIES
All-time: First Meeting
UND Head Coach Brian Jones vs. Butler: First Meeting
Butler Head Coach Brandon Miller vs. UND: First Meeting
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN/TRACK
Radio: 100.3 FM (Grand Forks) or iHeart Radio App (computer or smart phone)
Live Audio Stream: www.UNDSports.com (free)
Live TV: Fox Sports1 (PBP - Wayne Larrivee, Color - Dickey Simpkins)
Live Stats: LiveStats.PrestoSports.com/Butler/
IN THE PAINT...
• UND continues a stretch of five straight games away from home on Saturday against a Butler squad that is under the direction of first-year head coach Brandon Miler.
• UND has dropped three straight, while Butler has lost two in a row after a 5-0 start. This is the first meeting between these two squads on the basketball court.
• Miller, a Butler alum and former standout player, replaced Brad Stevens prior to the 2013-14 season. Stevens led the Bulldogs to Final Four appearances in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments with Miller along side as an assistant coach.
• Butler will be the first Big East opponent UND has faced during its men’s basketball history (dating back to 1904-05). UND has played six different institutions (Creighton, DePaul, Louisvlle, Marquette, Notre Dame and Villanova) that are or have been a Big East member at one time, but the Green and White have never met one on the hardwood when they were affiliated with the historic conference.
• Butler is one of six teams that UND has on its schedule that appeared in the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Butler advanced to the third round where they fell to Marquette 74-72 in a game played in Lexington, Ky.
• Five of those NCAA Tournament-appearing opponents (Wisconsin, Oregon, Pacific, Butler and South Dakota State) are among UND’s first 10 of the season.
• UND came up empty in the win column at the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge this past weekend, fallling to Cal Poly (70-43), host Oregon (91-76) and Pacific (93-76).
OPPONENT PREVIEW: BUTLER
• After a 5-0 start under first-year head coach Brandon Miller, the Bulldogs dropped two straight at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Both losses were by two points to No. 5 Oklahoma State (69-67) and LSU (70-68, ot).
• Three of Butler’s five wins this season have come by single digits - in contrast UND (2-4) has not played in a game decided by single digits.
• The Bulldogs went 14-2 last season at Hinkle Fieldhouse and have won at least 10 home games in each of the last 18 seasons. Butler has won all three home games this season and 22 of its last 25.
• Sophomore Kellen Dunham was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament team after scoring a career-high 32 points in Butler’s opening-round win over Washington State. The 32 points were also an Old Spice Classic single-game scoring record.
• Dunham, who averaged 9.5 ppg as a freshman last season when he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, leads Butler in scoring through seven games with a 17.7 ppg clip.
• Seniro Kyhle Marshall became the 15th player in Butler history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career during the Old Spice Classic. He scored his 1,000th-point against Washington State and pulled down rebound No. 500 vs. Oklahoma State.
• Marshall is averaging 16.9 ppg and a 7.1 rpg through seven games. Marshall and Erik Fromm are the last remaining players from Butler’s Final Four team in 2011.
• Kameron Woods is also averaging double figures at 10.7 ppg.
BACK TO THE HOOSIER STATE
The last time the North Dakota men’s basketball team visited the Hoosier State was part of a home-and-home series with IPFW. The Mastadons defeated UND 73-52 in Fort Wayne during the 2009-10, then trumped the Green and White in Grand Forks the next season 71-61. Head coach Brian Jones began his tenure at UND during the 2006-07 season with a pair of exhibition games games against Big Ten foes Purdue and Indiana.
COMING UP EMPTY IN EUGENE
The North Dakota men’s basketball team will look to snap a 3-game skid after the squad went winless at the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge over Thanksgiving Weekend. Cal Poly never let UND get in a rhythm offensive in the opener eventually posting a 70-43 victory. The 43 points were fewer than UND had scored in five of its first six halves of the season. Freshman Quinton Hooker led UND with nine points off the bench, while seniors Troy Huff and Aaron Anderson combined for just nine points (came in averaging 46.0 ppg between them).
A slow first-half start against No. 14/15 Oregon haunted UND in a game that the hosts won 91-76. After holding a 49-32 lead at the break, the Ducks held off a late rally by UND that saw the visitors outscore the home team 44-42 in the final 20 minutes. Huff and Anderson responded from their poor performance against Cal Poly to net 25 and 22 points, respectively against the Ducks. Classmate Jaron Nash also reached double figures with 12 points. Colorado State-transfer Chad Calcaterra earned the first start of his Division I career in the contest.
In the finale vs. Pacific, UND played its best half of basketball in Eugene, racing out to a 48-45 lead at halftime. Unfortunately, a nearly nine-minute field goal drought to start the second half proved costly as the Tigers were the hot team in the final 20 minutes, knocking 62 percent of their shots from the field to pull away for a 93-76 victory. Senior Jamal Webb had his best game of the young season, scoring a season-high 16 points. Webb had 18 points combined in the first five outings. Huff once again led UND in scoring with 21 points. Anderson added 12.
WEBB MOVES TO FOURTH
Senior Jamal Webb’s lone assist against Oregon moved into sole possession of fourth place on UND’s all-time career assists list with 393. Webb already holds the school-record for steals with 192.
STEFAN MAKES UND DEBUT
Junior Cole Stefan found out prior to the NDSU game on Nov. 24 that he had been granted a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately and not have to sit out the season after transferring from Green Bay. Stefan suited up against the Bison, but did not see any game action. He did appear in all three games of the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge and hit a 3-pointer off the bench in his debut against Cal Poly. Stefan averaged 3.4 ppg in 19 games at Green Bay last season and averaged 4.6 ppg in 25 games at LaSalle as a redshirt freshman during the 2010-11 season. He was a Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award Finalist at Minnetonka High School in 2009 after averaging 19.3 ppg. His squad won the Class AAAA state title his junior season when he averaged 19.0 ppg.
SCHULER SITS OUT GSHC
Senior Josh Schuler was forced to miss the three games at Oregon in the Global Sports Hardwood Classic after suffering an injury in a practice leading up to the event. Schuler’s status for UND’s next game at Butler is uncertain. Schuler is averaging 7.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in two games this seaosn. He also missed the opener due to a violation of athletic department policy.
HUFF NETS BACK-TO-BACK 30-PLUS POINT NIGHTS
Senior Troy Huff became just the ninth player in UND history to register back-to-back games with 30-plus points last week. After scoring a career-high 37 points in front of friends and family at No. 12/15 Wisconsin (Nov. 19), Huff backed up that performance with a 32-point, 10-rebound effort in the 95-77 triumph over rival North Dakota State on Sunday (Nov. 24). The last player to achieve that feat was Jerome Beasley, who reeled off three consecutive 30-point games in the final stretch of his UND career at the end of 2002-03 season. Beasley and Travis Tuttle are the only two players to accomplish that feat twice in their UND careers. Beasley holds the UND record with 14 30-plus scoring games, while Tuttle, Phil Jackson and Dave Vonesh each had 13 during their respective careers. Huff pushed his career total to four with those efforts last week.
HUFF NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the fourth time in his career, senior Troy Huff was named the Big Sky Player of the Week on Nov. 25. Huff averaged 34.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.0 spg in contests at No. 12/15 Wisconsin and vs. North Dakota State. He shot 67.6 percent from the field (23-for-34) and 58.3 percent from 3-point range (7-for-12). Huff earned three weekly honors in UND’s first season in the league a year ago - that tied him with Montana’s Kareem Jamar for the most in the Big Sky during the 2012-13 season.
WIN NO. 1,500 COMES VS. RIVAL NDSU
UND picked up its 1,500th win in program history with the decisive 95-77 victory over rival North Dakota State. More than 10 percent of those wins have come against the Bison as UND improved to 159-128 all-time against its in-state rival. The program started in 1904-05 and 910 of those victories have come at home.
Senior Aaron Anderson is averaging 14.7 ppg and has reached double figures in five of six games so far this season. Anderson is leading UND’s regulars with a 54.5 percent clip from the field and leads all Big Sky shooters with a 55 percent connection rate from 3-point range (11-for-20). Anderson has twice scored 22 points in games this season.
SELLOUT CROWD WATCHES UND DISPOSE OF RIVAL NDSU
Sunday’s crowd for the UND-North Dakota State game threatened the all-time attendance record at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, but when the final total was announced, it fell 50 short of the record of 3,192 set on Feb. 24, 2006 vs. Minnesota Duluth. The game will go down officially as a sellout as capacity for the building, which was opened in August of 2004, is 3,064.
UND scored nearly 33 percent of its points from the charity stripe in the 18-point victory over NDSU on Nov. 24. The home team went 33-for-41 from the stripe en route to scoring 95 points against the Bison. The teams combined for 57 fouls and 77 foul shots in the contest that saw four NDSU starters and one UND reserve foul out.
HUFF BUMPS BEASLEY
Senior Troy Huff had a memorable night in front of dozens of friends and family in Madison on Nov. 19. He scored a career-high 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting from the floor and moved into UND’s top 10 list of all-time scorers with the effort. Huff bumped Jerome Beasley from the top 10 list and now sits in ninth place with 1,492 points for his career. Beasley, who was also the last UND player to score 37 points in a game (at St. Cloud State; 2003), finished his two-year career in Grand Forks with 1,402 points. Beasley was a second-round draft pick by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft.
MADNESS IN MADISON
UND lost by 18 to No. 12/15 Wisconsin, but the 85 points scored by UND were the second most allowed by a Bo Ryan-coached Wisconsin team at home in his 13 seasons as the Badgers’ head coach. Seniors Troy Huff (37) and Jaron Nash (19) both had career highs in a game that saw UND shoot 54.5 percent from the field and 53.9 percent from 3-point range.
The 2013-14 North Dakota basketball team scored more points through three games than any other squad in program history. UND averaged 96.7 ppg during that stretch and the 290 points were 15 more than the 1977-78 team coached by Dave Gunther that held the previous record through three games.
LIKE MOTHER-LIKE SON
In two career games against his mom’s alma mater, Wisconsin, Troy Huff did his best impression of her, scoring 58 points (29.0 ppg) and grabbing 12 rebounds (6.0 rpg) at the Kohl Center. Theresa Huff left Wisconsin after her playing career ended in 1983 as the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,879) and rebounder (1,201) and was inducted into the Badgers’ Hall of Fame in 1998. Huff currently ranks fifth on the scoring charts, but still leads in rebounding. Her son moved into UND’s top 10 list for scoring with his career-high scoring effort in front of family and friends on Tuesday in Madison.
FAST START FOR NASH
In 27 career games at Texas Tech, senior Jaron Nash scored in double figures just once - a 15-point outing against Wake Forest early in the 2011-12 season at the Old Spice Classic. In six games in a UND uniform, Nash has reached double figures four times. He scored 15 in the opener vs. Minnesota Morris, then set a new Division I career-high with 19 points at Wisconsin. He also had 12 points in the win over NDSU and 12 in the loss at Oregon.
Head coach Brian Jones opted to use a completely different starting lineup at Wisconsin (Nov. 19) from the one in the season opener. True freshman Quinton Hooker and Alonzo Traylor started for the first time in their UND careers, while Josh Schuler picked up his 56th career start. Shane Benton earned his ninth career start and Lenny Antwi received his third. The regular starters ended up playing a majority of the minutes when it was all said and done. Senior Aaron Anderson had started the previous 66 games, including all 65 games during his sophomore and junior seasons. Jones said following the game, the second-unit prepared better leading up to the Badgers’ game and outplayed the regulars in a decisivie four-minute game in the final practice that ultimately led to his decision.
UND BREEZES BY MORRIS IN SEASON OPENER
Senior Aaron Anderson scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor (3-of-4 from 3-point range) as UND rolled to a 110-69 victory over Minnesota Morris in last Wednesday’s season opener (Nov. 13). Anderson was one of five players in double figures: Lenny Antwi (18), Troy Huff (18), Quinton Hooker (17) and Jaron Nash (15).
NO REDSHIRT FOR HOOKER
True freshman Quinton Hooker made his collegiate debut against Minnesota Morris, scoring 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor. He also added four assists in the victory. The 2013 Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award winner was in line to redshirt this season, but the coaching staff was to impressed by his play in fall camp to not have him on the active roster during the 2013-14 season. Hooker had four poitns and four more assists in the Wisconsin game. Through two games, he leads the team with eight assists and is averaging 10.5 ppg.
Head coach Brian Jones picked up win No. 103 of his career in the season opener after his team thumped Minnesota Morris 110-69. The victory put him in fourth place on UND’s all-time wins list for men’s basketball. Jones now has 104 wins after his team beat NDSU for the second time in four tries during his tenure.
UND improved to 5-3 in season and home openers under Jones with the 110-69 victoy over Minnsota Morris on Wednesday. The 110 points scored were the most of the Division I era and tied for the 10th most in program history.
ANTWI FOR THREE
Junior Lenny Antwi has a knack for season openers. After scoring a career and season high 17 points in the 2012-13 season opener vs. Waldorf, the Canadian sharp shooter bested that total with 18 points in the win over Minnesota Morris. Antwi went 7-for-11 from the field, including a 4-for-7 effort from beyond the arc.
YEAR TWO IN THE SKY
The 2013-14 season will mark the second for the club in the Big Sky Conference. In year one, Jones led UND to 12 wins, which were the most ever by a league newcomer and a third-place finish in the league standings. UND opened the campaign 1-4, but finished with an 11-4 mark and won a Division I-program record six games on the road.
HUFF CLAIMS SCORING TITLE
Senior Troy Huff won the Big Sky scoring title with a 19.2 ppg average despite missing eight games with a broken jaw he suffered in the season opener at Kansas State. He averaged 19.7 ppg in Big Sky play and was one of two league players (Montana’s Kareem Jamar) to earn unanimous All-Big Sky first team honors. Huff also landed on the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team.
HUFF NAMED TO LOU HENSON PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Huff was one of 25 mid-major players named to the Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team on Oct. 2. Huff landed a spot on the 2012-13 Lou Henson All-America Team after leading the Big Sky in scoring at 19.2 ppg and leading UND to its third-straight CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
HUFF ON CBSSPORTS.COM TOP 30 UNDER-THE-RADAR PERFORMERS
Huff was one of 30 mid-major players listed by CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander as under-the-radar performers to watch out for during the 2013-14. Here is what Norlander had to say about Huff:
“What a player! Checks in at around 175 pounds, yet averaged seven boards last season. He also scored 19 points for the team currently without a moniker. In addition to sniffing the defensive glass so well, he’s also a good defender and gets into passing lanes so well.”
Huff led the Big Sky in steals per game last season, collecting 59 despite missing eight games. He would have threatened teammate Jamal Webb for the single-season school record if he had remained healthy. Webb finished one shy of that mark with 74.
KING OF THE STEAL
Senior Jamal Webb already UND’s all-time career record for steals with 186 and is fifth in assists with 386 through 99 career games. Webb had three steals and four assists in the opener. He led the Big Sky in steals with 74 last season and was one shy of tying UND’s single-season record in that department. He has also averaged 9.4 ppg during his career and has been one of the top rebound guards in the Great West and Big Sky during his career (4.8/g).
Fellow senior Brandon Brekke was also limited by injuries, appearing in only 19 games. He could never really get on track due to head and ankle injuries, but did average 5.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg when he was able to play.
TRAYLOR REGAINS ELIGIBILITY
Senior Alonzo Traylor had to sit out the second semester of last year’s schedule, but worked hard in the classroom to regain his eligibility for the 2013-14 season. Traylor was starting to come into his own after eight games of last season, but poor academic performance cost him the second half of his first season at UND. Traylor had a double-double in what was his final game of the season in the Big Sky opener at Southern Utah (Dec. 18). He averaged 7.1 ppg and 5.0 rpg in just over 16 minutes per game.
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