Indianapolis, IN – The Butler Bulldogs (8-2) travel to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Purple Aces (6-5) Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs are coming off of a 76-70 victory over the in-state rival Purdue Boilermakers last Saturday in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. They look to keep their undefeated (3-0) streak against instate teams as they’ve already beaten Ball State, Manchester and Purdue this season.
Butler won last year’s meeting with the Purple Aces in Hinkle Fieldhouse but lost in overtime at Evansville in 2011. One guy they’re going to lean on this year is senior Khyle Marshall. The 6-foot-6 forward is quickly shooting up Butler’s all-time scoring and rebounding list, and if he can keep a current streak alive he will move up a few more spots Saturday afternoon.
Marshall enters Saturday’s contest on a four-game streak of scoring 10 or more points. He’s the second leading scorer on the team behind sophomore Kellen Dunham as he scored 18 points last week against Purdue, 14 against Manchester, 21 against North Dakota and 17 against LSU. He’s scored double figures in three straight games three different times before this season but could never get to four.
He currently sits 32nd on Butler’s all-time scoring chart as he trails Avery Sheets (2002-2006) for 30th by only five points and Joel Cornette (1999-2003) for 29th place by 19 points. He became just the 15th player in Butler history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in his career as he did so in Orlando during the Old Spice Classic.
Marshall is also 21st on the all-time rebounding chart with 527 career boards as he trails John Taylor (1990-1994) by only three for 20th on the all-time list.
He will have a tall task in store for him, though, as he was held scoreless last year against Evansville. Butler is hoping that doesn’t happen again as the team is 38-10 all-time when he scores in double figures. They’re an astonishing 22-2, however, in the last 24 games that he’s reached 10-plus points.
So, with another double figure game combined with cleaning up the glass, Marshall could move up some spots in the Butler history book. It couldn’t happen to a better, more hardworking kid either.
He’s started in 51 of Butler’s last 52 games. The only time he didn’t start was on senior night when former coach Brad Stevens started a senior in his spot for that special evening. Marshall will be fun to keep an eye on Saturday in Evansville.