User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Rhode Island 68, Butler 75
Line Movements
Date: February 02, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
  

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - No. 9 Butler needed a full half of basketball against Rhode Island to shake off its worst performance of the year at Saint Louis and find its top-10 form.

The Bulldogs overcame a poor first half to beat the Rams 75-68 on Saturday after playing their worst game of the season at Saint Louis earlier this week.

Advertisement

Rotnei Clarke led Butler with 23 points. Roosevelt Jones added 18 points - 13 in the second half.

Clarke did the bulk of his scoring in the first 11 of minutes of the second half, pacing Butler (18-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10) through a 15-3 run that proved too big of a deficit for the Rams to overcome. Clarke scored 12 points in the swing.

Mostly, Clarke looked like his usual self, after committing a season-high six turnovers in a 75-58 loss against Saint Louis. Since coming back from a neck injury suffered on Jan. 12 at Dayton, Clarke had committed 10 turnovers in the two games.

``Last couple of games I just made careless mistakes with the ball, getting it to guys in the wrong spots,' Clarke said. ``I've got to just be smarter.'

Nikola Maleseciv scored 18 points for Rhode Island (6-14, 1-6) in its fourth straight loss. The Rams held a 32-30 advantage at halftime.

The Rams shot only 30 percent from the field in the second half, keeping themselves in the game at the foul line. They went 21 of 24 from the free throw line in the second period, after only four attempts in the first half.

The Butler lead swelled as far as 67-54 with about 4 1/2 half minutes to play, but the Rams used 11 points on free throws to make things interesting down the stretch.

It was a familiar position for them, as Rhode Island had lost its last three games by a combined 10 points.

``They're a very hard out as you can see,' Butler coach Brad Stevens said. ``They haven't played a game in league that hasn't been decided by more than four points. They've got skilled guys who can spread you out.'

Butler played the opposite game - sputtering through the first half. Khyle Marshall kept his team in the game with a series of high-flying dunks and hustle plays that produced 10 of the Bulldogs' first 12 points.

``The difference between the second half beginning and the first half ending was we hit shots in the paints that we weren't hitting before,' Stevens said.

Butler's season-high 23 turnovers were much to blame for the blowout loss to the Billikens.

``We had different kinds of turnovers today,' Stevens said. ``Turnovers where we were being aggressive.'

Butler played without forward Erik Fromm, a junior, whose father died of cancer earlier in the day.

``It's hard, these guys are really tight,' Stevens said. ``They know each other's parents and they appreciate all the support they get from each other. It's a really hard thing.'

The Rams have dropped four in a row since winning 82-80 in overtime at Saint Louis on Jan. 19. They have now lost 25 straight against top-25 opponents, with their last winning coming against No. 21 Utah on Dec. 2, 1998.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 RHODE  +1050   +16   126.5 
 BUTLER  -1500   -16   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 RHODE     +16   127 
 BUTLER     -16   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 RHODE  n/a   15%   68% 
 BUTLER  n/a   85%   32% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 2
 
    Cincinnati at Seton Hall
11:00 AM EDT
    Clemson at Boston College
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Northwestern
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at William Mary
12:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Austin Peay at Murray State
1:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Missouri
1:45 PM EDT
    Georgia at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Tech
1:45 PM EDT
    Dayton at Saint Louis
2:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at DePaul
2:00 PM EDT
    Duke at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Old Dominion at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin-Green Bay at Loyola-Chicago
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Maryland
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulsa at Memphis
2:00 PM EDT
    Colorado at Utah
2:30 PM EDT
    Bradley at Creighton
3:00 PM EDT
    Houston at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Missouri St
3:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Air Force
3:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee at Arkansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Rhode Island at Butler
4:00 PM EDT
    St Johns at Georgetown
4:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Illinois State
4:00 PM EDT
    George Mason at James Madison
4:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Kansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Miami (FL) at North Carolina State
4:00 PM EDT
    Alabama at Vanderbilt
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at California
4:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Mississippi St
5:30 PM EDT
    Temple at St Josephs
6:00 PM EDT
    Drexel at Northeastern
6:00 PM EDT
    Kentucky at Texas AM
6:00 PM EDT
    Kansas State at Oklahoma
6:00 PM EDT
    Yale at Dartmouth
7:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Florida
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Harvard
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Nebraska
7:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Drake
7:30 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Illinois Chicago
8:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Iowa State
8:00 PM EDT
    Texas Christian at Texas
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Miss at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Eastern Washington
9:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Indiana
9:00 PM EDT
    Weber State at Northern Colo
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Texas El Paso
9:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Seattle University
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Pacific
10:30 PM EDT
    Montana State at Portland State
10:30 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!