If Butler is to continue its longest winning streak in nearly two years, it must do so without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke.
Hoping to get by minus their injured senior guard, the No. 13 Bulldogs try for a 12th consecutive victory Wednesday night against Richmond in their first Atlantic 10 home game.
Butler (14-2, 2-0) is off to its best start since opening 19-1 in 2008-09, but it will be without Clarke for at least this contest and Saturday's showdown against eighth-ranked Gonzaga. Among the A-10 leaders with 16.3 points per game and 44.4 percent 3-point shooting, Clarke sprained his neck after crashing into the basket support while being fouled as he drove for a layup in Saturday's 79-73 win at Dayton.
Despite being taken off the court on a stretcher, Clarke was able to move his arms and legs and gave a thumbs up on the way out of the arena.
"I feel blessed to be walking," said Clarke, who spent his first three seasons at Arkansas. "When I hit my head, I...