On paper it appeared to be an easy double digit for the Butler Bulldogs over a 3-win team like New Orleans. However, the 12th worst scoring team in the country gave Butler trouble for most of the game. After turning the ball over three times and missing five shots in the first four minutes Butler head coach Brad Stevens pulled all five starters. Those players would return but the team still struggled through some first half issues, committing 8 turnovers and shooting just 32% from the field. Butler got it together after the break to top New Orleans 57 to 44.
“We weren’t playing with pace, we weren’t playing with stance, we weren’t playing with connecting screening. We just weren’t very good and you are going to have games like this over the course of the season. I hope this is one of the very few,” said Stevens.
The Bulldogs pick up their ninth straight win but its hardly the way you want to enter A10 play for the first time. On Wednesday the Bulldogs tip off conference play at Saint Joseph’s.
“Like coach said it was just one of those games. No it wasn’t our best game and we know we have to get better. We have two days to prepare for Saint Joe’s and that is all we are worried about,” said Khyle Marshall who scored 13 points in the win.
The biggest concern for Butler may be the play of leading scorer Rotnei Clarke. He finished with 4 points in the win over New Orleans but didn’t score in the first half. That is his lowest output of the season right behind the 6 points he scored in Butlers last game, a win over Penn on Wednesday.
“If anyone is worried about Rotnei’s shooting I suggest the find something else to worry about because it just is a matter of time. It is not anything to be concerned about. Nobody is going to work harder in the next 72 hours then him,” said Stevens.