Bucknell vs. Butler: Full Game Preview

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Bucknell vs. Butler: Full Game Preview
Bucknell
(28-5, 12-4 away)
Butler
(26-8, 15-2 home)
Venue: Rupp Arena
12:40PM ET / 9:40AM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Bucknell M Muscala 19.0 M Muscala 11.2 B Johnson 2.4
Butler R Clarke 16.7 R Jones 5.7 R Jones 3.5

No. 6-seeded Butler matches up against 11th-seeded Bucknell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena on Thursday. It gets started at 12:40 p.m. ET and it can be seen on truTV.

In their last game on Mar. 16, Rotnei Clarke put up 16 points and five rebounds for the Bulldogs in a loss to Saint Louis, 67-56. He leads the team with 16.7 points per game. For the Bison, Mike Muscala finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the 64-56 win over Lafayette on Mar. 13. He puts up a team-leading 19.0 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, and 2.4 blocks per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Bucknell is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 15.1 and defensive rebounding percentage at 75.5.

Bucknell StatSmack

  • Butler has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Bucknell (two vs. zero).
  • Butler has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Bucknell ($41,438 vs. $53,160).
  • AP voters think more highly of Butler and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Bucknell (80 vs. one).
  • Even computers respect Butler more. Butler has a better RPI this season than Bucknell (RPI: No. 20 vs. No. 55).
  • Butler has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Bucknell this season (five vs. one).
  • The Butler steals leader (Alex Barlow, 35 steals) has more steals than the Bucknell steals leader (Joe Willman, 21 steals).
  • Butler has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Bucknell (15 vs. two).
  • Over the past 10 years, Butler has had more players drafted by the NBA than Bucknell (two vs. zero).
  • Bucknell has been ducking Butler for over 30 years.
BU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Mike Muscala 31 19 11 2 1 3 2
B- Cameron Ayers 32 13 4 2 1 0 1
B- Joe Willman 28 10 6 2 1 1 1
C+ Bryson Johnson 33 12 3 2 0 0 1
D+ Ryan Hill 20 3 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Steven Kaspar 15 2 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Ryan Frazier 15 3 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Chris Hass 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Cory Starkey 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Dom Hoffman 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ B. Fitzpatrick 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Colin Klebon 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Ben Brackney 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D J. Singleton 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
BUTLER Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rotnei Clarke 33 17 3 3 1 0 3
B Andrew Smith 27 11 6 1 1 1 1
B Roosevelt Jones 30 10 6 4 1 1 3
B- Kellen Dunham 26 10 3 1 1 0 1
B- Khyle Marshall 22 10 5 0 0 0 1
C Kameron Woods 16 4 5 1 1 1 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 1 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 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Emerson Kampen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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