Xavier vs. Butler: Full Game Preview
|Xavier||S Christon 15.2||T Taylor 9.0||S Christon 4.6|
|Butler||R Clarke 16.5||R Jones 5.8||R Jones 3.5|
On Saturday, Butler hosts Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Bulldogs lost to the Musketeers 62-47 on Nov. 13 and are 2-3 against them over the last four years.
Xavier is in sixth place in the conference and will be trying to close the gap with fourth-place Butler.
In a 73-62 triumph over Massachusetts on Mar. 7, Rotnei Clarke put up 17 points for the Bulldogs. His 16.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Musketeers, Travis Taylor put up 19 points and 19 rebounds in the 77-66 win over Saint Louis on Mar. 6. With 9.0 rebounds per game and 0.8 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
- Butler is ranked higher than Xavier in the A-10 (No. 4 vs. No. 6).
- Even computers respect Butler more. Butler has a better RPI this season than Xavier (RPI: No. 25 vs. No. 92).
- Butler has a better record at home than Xavier this season (13-2 vs. 10-4).
- The Butler three-point leader (Rotnei Clarke, 92 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Xavier three-point leader (Brad Redford, 59 three-pointers).
- Butler players are more experienced than Xavier players (16,529 minutes played vs. 12,627 minutes played).
- Butler has an average margin of victory of 7 over Xavier in 12 wins since 1980.
- Butler has a better record on the road than Xavier this season (6-4 vs. 4-6).
- Butler has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (75.3 percent to 69.9 percent).
- Butler has more wins over the last 5 years than Xavier (161 vs. 146).
- AP voters think more highly of Butler and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Xavier (80 vs. 71).