January 14, 2013

Rotnei Clarke To Miss Butler’s Next Two Games

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler scoring leader Rotnei Clarke, who suffered a neck injury in Butler's 79-73 victory at Dayton on Saturday (Jan. 12), will not play in the Bulldogs' two home games this week.  He has not been cleared for full physical contact in practice and continues to be evaluated by Butler's medical team.  

"Rotnei saw a spine specialist today and based on that visit and his previous examinations, we felt it was in his best interest to hold him out this week," said Butler Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Galloy.  "He is making progress and we will continue to evaluate him."

Clarke was injured in the first half of the game at Dayton.  He came up with a steal and was attempting to score when he was fouled on the lay-up attempt and crashed into the basket support.  He remained on the floor for eight minutes, and eventually was taken from the court on a stretcher.  He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where it was determined that there was no fracture.

The 6-0 senior guard transferred to Butler from Arkansas in 2011, and began his final collegiate season this year.  He leads the 14-2 Bulldogs and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with a 16.3 average.

Butler will host conference opponent Richmond on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and then face No. 8 Gonzaga in a nationally-televised contest on Saturday, Jan. 19.