Podcast on the Brink: Breaking down Butler

Can Butler pull off another upset and knock off No. 1 Indiana in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this weekend?

The Hoosiers face their first real challenge since dominating No. 21 North Carolina in Assembly Hall two weeks ago.

To break down IU’s matchup with the Bulldogs, Indianapolis Star Butler beat writer David Woods and Inside The Hall’s Ryan Corazza join Podcast on the Brink. Hosts Matt Dollinger  and Greg Rosenstein discuss the Bulldogs’ upset chances against IU and preview the Saturday clash in Indianapolis.

Among the other topics discussed this week:

· The debuts of Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin
· Cody Zeller’s matchup with Andrew Smith
· How to contain Butler guard Rotnei Clarke
· Will Sheehey’s persona and role as sixth man
· Christian Watford’s offensive role going forward

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at podcastonthebrink@gmail.com.

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  • marcusgresham

    Rotnei’s about to get a facefull of Vic.

  • HoosierDawg

    Rotnei has one of the quickest releases in college basketball, and certainly has a lot of experience playing against athletic guards while at Arkansas ( much as we like to make fun of how weak the SEC is in hoops). It will be fun to see how it all plays out Saturday. I’m expecting a very competitive game and hope the Hoosiers come out of the box on the run!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I tend to agree with you. However, if Victor guards Rotnei Clarke (who has been playing off the ball more and more as the season has progressed for Butler), then Hulls and Yogi are going to be in a bit of a mismatch. Hulls would probably be guarding Alex Barlow (a complete non-threat on offense) which leaves Yogi on Roosevelt Jones. Jones is very good at driving the ball and is much bigger, taller and stronger than Yogi. This could put both Yogi and Zeller in positions to pick up fouls.

    Now, we could turn to Will Sheehey or Remy Abell a bit more to take the advantage Jones would have on either Hulls or Yogi. I think Victor and Will probably end up rotating on Clarke. Clarke is going to hit some three’s, he is just a lethal shooter. The key is going to be to make him work for everything (on the offensive AND defensive end). He is an average defender and Butler’s offense really bogs down when he gets in foul trouble. The matchups in this game are really intriguing.

  • HoosierTrav

    Jordy Hulls is gonna show the country who the best shooter REALLY is. Book it!

  • SCHoosier

    From what I’ve seen of this kid..if you can push him to his left and make him shoot while moving his effectiveness diminishes greatly. That said..Stevens’ offense is very good at getting shooters shots.Clark will get his points..but if we clamp down on everybody else..IU should get a “W” going away.

  • Kenneth234

    I would say that if Jones is stronger, bigger, and taller than Yogi, then Yogi’s quickness could easily disrupt his drive as he simply has to find away around Yogi to drive the ball. Advantage Indiana

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