In a game that many people thought the Butler Bulldogs were supposed to win easily, it wasn’t that easy. Instead they struggled against a 3-9 University of New Orleans Privateers (WAC) team. The Privateers held their own in this game especially in the first half as they were only down six at halftime but Butler would pull away and win 57-44.
A key thing that the Privateers did on defense was shutdown Butler’s superstar guard Rotnei Clarke. You would not expect Clarke to get shutdown this easily by a team of the Privateers quality but he did. Clarke only scored four points in 36 minutes of game action.
I am personally surprised by this because I saw Rotnei Clarke play a couple of weeks ago on national tv against an Indiana Hoosiers team and he took the game over when it mattered the most. He really could not find a rhythm in today’s game especially from the three point line. He was 1 for 6 from three point range.
Clarke’s season average is 17.2 points per game and if you are a Butler fan you have to be concerned with his last two games including this one. On Wednesday night versus the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy), Clarke would only score six points in 29 minutes of game action.
This is not a good sign for Butler even though they have a record of 12-2 and ranked 17th in the nation. You need your best player to start playing better and Bulldog fans might just get their wish as they start Atlantic 10 conference play on January 9th versus the St. Joesph’s Hawks who are also struggling this season.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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