Butler vs. Massachusetts: Full Game Preview
|Butler||R Clarke 16.5||R Jones 5.8||R Jones 3.3|
|Massachusetts||C Williams 15.5||C Lalanne 7.1||C Williams 7.4|
On Thursday, Butler heads to William D. Mullins Center to take on Massachusetts. It gets started at 7 p.m. EST and you can catch it on NBCSN.
Massachusetts is in sixth place in the conference and just behind fourth place Butler with a chance to catch up.
In their last outing, despite 14 points and six rebounds from Roosevelt Jones, the Bulldogs fell to Virginia Commonwealth 84-52 on Mar. 2. He leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. For the Minutemen, Terrell Vinson put up 20 points in the 77-72 win over Xavier on Mar. 2. He contributes 4.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.5 points per game.
- AP voters think more highly of Butler and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Massachusetts (80 vs. five).
- Massachusetts has been ducking Butler for over 30 years.
- Butler has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Massachusetts (six vs. zero).
- Butler has a better scoring defense (63.9 allowed per game vs. 71.8 allowed per game) than Massachusetts this season.
- Rotnei Clarke is ranked 6th in the A-10 in points and 9th nationally in three-pointers.
- Even computers respect Butler more. Butler has a better RPI this season than Massachusetts (RPI: No. 25 vs. No. 54).
- Over the past 10 years, Butler has had more players drafted by the NBA than Massachusetts (two vs. one).
- Butler has a stronger schedule than Massachusetts this season (SOS Rank: No. 48 vs. No. 71).
- Butler has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Massachusetts (two vs. zero).
- The Butler basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Massachusetts (83 percent vs. 57 percent).