Rhode Island vs. Butler: Full Game Preview

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Rhode Island vs. Butler: Full Game Preview
Rhode Island
(6-13, 2-5 away)
(9) Butler
(17-4, 10-0 home)
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Rhode Island X Munford 17.4 N Malesevic 4.9 M Powell 3.5
Butler R Clarke 16.7 R Jones 5.5 R Jones 3.6

On Saturday, No. 9 Butler plays host to Rhode Island at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tip-off is at 4:00 EST and it can be seen on CBSSN.

Rhode Island is in 15th place in the conference and Butler is in 3rd place.

In their last match-up on January 31st, Rotnei Clarke put up 17 points for the Bulldogs in a loss to Saint Louis, 75-58. His 16.7 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Rams, Andre Malone finished with 11 points in the 70-64 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on January 30th. He is averaging 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Butler has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Bulldogs have an edge over the Rams, 71 points per game to 61 points per game.

Rhode Island StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Butler more. We have a better RPI this season than Rhode Island (RPI: #10 vs #166).
  • The Butler three-point leader (Rotnei Clarke) has more three-pointers than the Rhode Island three-point leader (Xavier Munford).
  • The Butler rebounding leader (Roosevelt Jones) has more rebounds than the Rhode Island rebounding leader (Nikola Malesevic).
  • Butler has a more potent offense, scoring more points (71.6 per game vs 61.7 per game) than Rhode Island this season.
  • Roosevelt Jones is ranked 8th in the A-10 in assists.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Butler has had more players drafted by the NBA than Rhode Island (2 vs 0).
  • Kellen Dunham is ranked 9th in the A-10 in three-pointers.
  • How does our back look? Butler is ranked higher than Rhode Island in the A-10 (#1 vs #15).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Butler has a stronger schedule than Rhode Island this season (SOS Rank: #21 vs #47).
  • Rhode Island has been ducking Butler for over 30 years.
  • Butler has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Rhode Island (2 vs 0).
URI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Xavier Munford 35 17 3 2 1 0 3
C+ Andre Malone 33 11 4 1 1 0 1
C+ N. Malesevic 31 11 5 2 1 1 2
C+ Mike Powell 37 10 3 3 1 0 3
C Jordan Hare 20 5 4 0 0 2 1
D+ Mike Aaman 12 3 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Ryan Brooks 17 2 4 0 0 1 1
D T.J. Buchanan 15 3 2 1 1 0 1
D Alwayne Bigby 9 1 2 0 0 0 0
F Shane Plunkett 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
F J. Nazarko 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
BUTLER Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rotnei Clarke 32 17 3 3 1 0 3
B Andrew Smith 26 12 5 1 1 1 1
B Roosevelt Jones 29 10 5 4 1 0 3
B Kellen Dunham 28 11 3 1 1 0 1
B- Khyle Marshall 23 10 5 0 0 0 1
C Alex Barlow 19 2 3 2 1 0 1
C Kameron Woods 14 4 4 1 0 0 1
C Erik Fromm 12 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chase Stigall 12 2 2 1 0 0 1
D J. Aldridge 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Elliott Kampen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Andy Smeathers 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Devontae Morgan 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Emerson Kampen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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