After holding down one of the top offenses in the nation, Butler may have to rely on another strong defensive effort when it returns to Atlantic 10 play.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs have ruled out leading scorer Rotnei Clarke again as they try to extend their winning streak to 14 games Wednesday night at La Salle, one of the conference's highest-scoring teams.
Butler (16-2, 3-0) had hoped to get Clarke back against the Explorers (12-5, 2-2), but the team announced Monday that the senior guard would miss his third straight game with a sprained neck.
Clarke, who is averaging 16.3 points, was hurt when he crashed head-first into a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12.
"Without Clarke, they're a good team," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "With him, they're certainly better - maybe a great team. But maybe they're a great team even without him out there."
While they've averaged just 63.0 points - 9.0 below their season average - in the two games since Clarke went down, the Bu...