Butler. College basketball fans just need to hear that one word and immediately they’ll think of the team that went to back-to-back Final Fours in 2010 and 2011. Suffice it to say, the 11th ranked Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 A-10) are one of the top programs in the country (notice I didn’t say mid-major, because they shed that title long ago). So for the Charlote 49ers, a win at Hinkle Fieldhouse would certainly be a signature win–and that’s an understatement.
Charlotte 49ers (17-6, 5-4 A-10) @ #11 Butler Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 A-10)
Saturday, January 26, 2pm
Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Radio: ESPN 730, Charlotte49ers.com | TV: WJZY-TV 46.2 (Antenna TV)
Who To Watch For
The Bulldogs have one of the top players in the country in Rotnei Clarke, who’s averaging 16.9 points a game (18.3 in conference contests, 2nd in the league). Behind the arc, Clarke is a 43.4% shooter while Kellen Dunham (37.2) can make a few from outside. Roosevelt Jones (10.4 ppg) is a threat to put up double digits every game as well.
Charlotte will win if…
- They can cut down on careless mistakes. The Temple and VCU games were mainly lost due to untimely turnovers despite a couple of strong efforts (especially at Temple)
- Hit at the line. Missed free throws equaled a significant number of points being left on the floor against VCU–even with the outcry by some fans of the game not being called both ways.
- Keep Clarke and Jones at bay. Self-explanatory…
- Don’t get overwhelmed by the team or the atmosphere. Butler can, and has, been beaten (in a loss to Saint Louis they only made five threes; they made three threes and only went to the line seven times in a loss to La Salle), so the Niners will need to keep their heads focused and approach Butler like they’re any other opponent.