');

Butler 2010 NCAA Tournament Preview

> Buy NCAA Tournament tickets and find historic Butler NCAA Tournament results online through DFN Sports sites!

Butler Bulldogs - Horizon League (28-4, 18-0)

Seed: #1 - Midwest Region

RPI: 4

Big Wins: 1/10 at Villanova (61-60), 1/17 Pittsburgh (69-63), 1/25 at Syracuse (67-57)

Bad Losses: 11/30 vs Western Kentucky (54-68), 12/31 UNLV (55-56), 2/12 at Notre Dame (57-90)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2008, Elite Eight loss to North Carolina

Coach: Rick Pitino (35-12 in 13 NCAA appearances)



Probable Butler Starters:

  • Edgar Sosa, Junior, Guard, 7.2 ppg, 2.2 apg

  • Jerry Smith, Junior, Guard, 7.6 ppg, 1.3 apg

  • Earl Clark, Junior, Guard, 14.0 ppg, 3.3 apg, 8.8 rpg

  • Terrence Williams, Senior, Forward, 12.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.1 apg

  • Samardo Samuels, Freshman, Forward, 11.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg

 

Key Butler Roleplayers:

  • Terrence Jennings, Freshman, Forward, 4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg

  • Preston Knowles, Sophomore, Guard, 6.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg

  • Andre McGee, Senior, Guard, 5.5 ppg, 1.7 apg

 

Get NCAA College Basketball Tickets at StubHub!

Why The Bulldogs Can Surprise:
Butler’s strength is in the frontcourt, especially if you consider 6-9 wing Earl Clark part of the frontcourt. With a 6-8 center and a 6-6 power forward, the team does not have a ton of size up front, but they do have plenty of versatility and that makes life very difficult for the opposing defense. Freshman Samardo Samuels is not yet the rebounder that he will be in the future, but he does give the team a back to the basket scoring threat. It is Clark and superstar Terrence Williams that do most of the work on the glass.

The long arms of players like Clark and Williams make the Bulldogs one of the best defensive teams in the nation. The opposition shoots just 39.5 percent against Butler and just 31.0 percent from beyond the arc, and that is when the opposition can manage to get off a shot. The Bulldogs rank in the top 20 in the nation in both steals and blocked shots.

 

Why The Bulldogs Can Disappoint:
While Williams is a great scorer and rebounder and the team leader in assists and steals, he also commits quite a few turnovers. That would not be too bad of a thing if he was the only one, but Clark, Samuels and Edgar Sosa also commit around two turnovers per game. It is Sosa and Andre McGee who have to run the show and keep the team under control. The Bulldogs are a relatively high scoring team who like to run and wear down their opponents, but they still need to slow down the tempo when it makes sense and not force bad passes.

Find a great selection of Butler Bulldogs hats & apparel and NCAA Fatheads online through College Sports Fans.

Who To Watch for Butler:
Coach Rick Pitino has a lot of players that will take the outside shot, but a few of them can be very inconsistent. Williams, McGee, Jerry Smith and Preston Knowles all average at least one long ball per game. Williams and Sosa are better suited to get to the basket, but at least they can keep the defense honest with their outside shooting. The key will be for Smith and Knowles, the more consistent long range shooters, to get hot at the right time. The opposition will give Williams, Clark and Sosa the outside shot and stop them from getting to the basket, but if Smith and Knowles are knocking down three-pointers, it will open up a lot of space in the paint for the bigger scoring threats.

 

Butler By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 74.1 (68th in nation, 9th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 61.9 (43, 3)

Field-Goal Percentage: 45.0 (106, 8)

Field-Goal Defense: 39.5 (22, 2)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.0 (33, 2)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.2 (87, 3)

Free-Throw Percentage: 64.4 (287, 13)

Rebound Margin: 3.1 (73, 7)

Assists Per Game: 16.4 (14, 4)

Turnovers Per Game: 13.5 (143, 10)

 

Joel’s Bracket Says: Championship loss to Pittsburgh

 

By Joel Welser
CollegeSports-fans.com Senior Basketball Writer

 

> Find more 2010 NCAA Tournament coverage online from College Sports Fans and print your NCAA Tournament brackets today!

 

> Follow Joel Welser's Top 144 College Basketball previews on Facebook and be sure to follow Joel Welser on Twitter!

');

 

 


Dash Fans Network Home | About the DFN | Sports Writing Positions | College Sports Fan Sites | College Sports Articles

College Football Preview | College Bowl Previews | College Basketball Preview | NCAA Tournament | College World Series | Frozen Four | Wood Bat Leagues

 

Directory of College Sports Message Boards & Forums

 

College apparel including clothing, hats, jerseys, gear, snuggies, tickets, Fathead sports murals and other sports merchandise has arrived!

 

Copyright 2005-2011, CollegeSports-fans.com and the Dash Fans Network of Independent College Sports Fan Sites.