Butler (26-7) vs. (16) Saint Louis (25-6)
Saturday, March 16, 1:30 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (17,732) -- Brooklyn, New York.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Butler 14-2, SLU 17-2. Away Record: Butler
7-4, SLU 6-3. Neutral Record: Butler 5-1, SLU 2-1. Conference Record: Butler
11-5, SLU 13-3. Series Record: Saint Louis leads, 18-11 .
GAME NOTES: The top-seeded Saint Louis Billikens look to take one step closer
to their first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title as they square off
with the fifth-seeded Butler Bulldogs in the semifinals at the Barclays
The winner of this game will take on either Massachusetts or VCU in Sunday's
The Bulldogs are also looking for their first-ever A-10 Tournament
championship as well after winning the Horizon League Tournament in three of
the last five years. Coach Brad Stevens has guided Butler to a pair of
second-place finishes in the national tournament as well, which means it
should never be counted out in the postseason under any circumstance. Rotnei
Clarke led the team with 14 points on Friday as it avenged a regular-season
loss with a 69-58 win over La Salle in the quarterfinals.
Khyle Marshall added 13 points and five rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have
won four straight games on the heels of losing three times in a five-game
stretch. Andrew Smith, Roosevelt Jones and Kameron Woods each added 10 points
to round out a balanced effort. Butler hit on 49.1 percent of its field goal
tries and outrebounded the Explorers, 41-23, en route to the win. The Bulldogs
are 3-0 versus top 25 competition on the season.
This will be the 30th meeting in history between these schools. Saint Louis
owns an 18-11 all-time series edge after completing the season sweep with a
75-58 rout at home and also a 65-61 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Dwayne Evans was nearly perfect for the Billikens in their postseason debut,
as he posted 25 points and nine rebounds to lead them to a 72-55 victory over
Charlotte. Jim Crews, filling in for the late Rick Majerus, led his squad to
their first outright regular-season conference title since capturing the
Missouri Valley Conference in 1956-57. Evans went 8-of-9 from the field and 9-
of-9 from the charity stripe for Saint Louis, which has won 13 of its last 14
Cody Ellis added 13 points, but was just 3-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-7
from beyond the arc. Saint Louis shot just 37.5 percent (21-of-56) but forced
20 turnovers while giving the ball away just 10 times. The Billikens also
outscored the 49ers 25-12 at the free-throw line.
Evans leads the veteran group of Billikens with 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds
per tilt, while Kwamain Mitchell tallies 10.2 points, 2.9 assists and 1.1
steals per outing.
Saint Louis has plenty of options on the offensive end and it completely
dominated Butler's backcourt on two occasions this season. The Billikens are
one of the hottest teams in the country right now, making a loss for them
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Louis 72, Butler 63
03/16 10:36:26 ET
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