Butler vs. Massachusetts: Full Game Preview

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Butler vs. Massachusetts: Full Game Preview
Butler
(22-7, 9-5 away)
Massachusetts
(18-9, 11-5 home)
Venue: William D. Mullins Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 07, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Massachusetts StatSmack

  • 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).
BUTLER Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Roosevelt Jones 30 11 6 3 1 1 3
B Rotnei Clarke 33 17 3 3 1 0 3
B Andrew Smith 26 11 5 1 1 1 1
B Kellen Dunham 27 11 3 1 1 0 1
C+ Khyle Marshall 23 10 5 0 0 0 1
C Kameron Woods 16 4 5 1 1 0 1
C Alex Barlow 19 2 3 2 1 0 1
C- Erik Fromm 12 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chase Stigall 11 2 2 1 0 0 1
D J. Aldridge 6 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Devontae Morgan 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Andy Smeathers 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Emerson Kampen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
UMASS Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Chaz Williams 36 15 4 7 2 0 3
B- Terrell Vinson 26 12 4 1 1 0 2
B- Jesse Morgan 29 13 3 2 2 0 1
B- Cady Lalanne 21 9 7 0 0 1 1
C+ Raphiael Putney 24 8 5 2 1 1 2
C Freddie Riley 27 9 1 1 1 0 1
C Maxie Esho 21 6 5 1 1 1 1
C Sampson Carter 22 6 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Trey Davis 8 3 1 1 0 0 1
D T. Bergantino 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
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