Butler lost twice to Saint Louis this season with a few days' rest.
Playing their third game in three days at the Atlantic 10 tournament, the Bulldogs couldn't hang in against the physical Billikens in Saturday's 67-56 semifinal loss.
''The third game in three days against a team that physical that's going to steer you and be on you and ride you and bump your cuts - you've got to have some stuff to you to do that for 40 minutes when you're fresh,'' coach Brad Stevens said. ''You kind of saw the last 10 minutes they got better and we didn't play as well.''
Butler was up 24-17 with more than 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half, then shot 11 for 37 from the field the rest of the way. The Bulldogs (26-8) struggled with foul trouble in the second half as Saint Louis pulled away at the free-throw line.
Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke had 10 points in the first 11 minutes; he managed only six more.
''They're really disciplined,'' Clarke said. ''They're not going to jump over any cuts. T...