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Butler Bulldogs Will Remain in 1st Place in Atlantic 10

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Brian Spurlock-US Presswire

The Butler Bulldogs square off against the George Washington Colonials tomorrow in Washington, D.C. at 2 p.m., a game that was not affected by Winter Storm Nemo.

The Bulldogs look to remain on top of the Atlantic 10 Conference and need a win to do so because they are in a tie with the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the St. Louis Billikens, who are all 6-2 in conference.

In addition, St. Louis just upset Butler, 75-58. The Bulldogs will make their first trip to the nation’s capital and face a young Colonials squad who has started four freshmen in every A-10 game this season. George Washington has also won four of its last five games.

The key for George Washington will be to keep the game close, as they have fared somewhat well in close games throughout the season and look to make Butler a win they can continue to build upon.

However, the No. 14 ranked Bulldogs are battled-tested, and will not slip up against the Colonials. They have quality wins against the Marquette Golden Eagles, North Carolina Tar Heels, Indiana Hoosiers and Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Head coach Brad Stevens has his senior guard Rotnei Clarke back in the lineup. Clarke, a 2013 Bob Cousy Award Finalist as the nation’s top point guard, has proceeded to lead the team in scoring in each of his four games since returning from a neck injury that sidelined him for three games.

The veteran leadership of Andrew Smith, Roosevelt Jones and Clarke gives the an inside-out punch, and along with Steven’s coaching, gives them a decided advantage over the young upstart Colonials.

The Bulldogs are poised to remain in first place heading for a matchup later in the season against VCU, which may be for first place in the A-10 when it is all said and done.

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