Butler will face crosstown foe Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis tonight at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Jaguars (3-6) finished seventh in the Summit League last season, going 14-18 overall and 7-11 in conference play.
Former Purdue guard John Hart is spending his senior year at IUPUI, where he is averaging 16.6 points a game.
IUPUI Senior guard Ja’Rob McCallum is a transfer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is the nephew of Detroit coach Ray McCallum.
Tonight’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two Indianapolis schools. The teams last met in the 1999-2000 season, when the Bulldogs won 70-59 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler is coming off a 67-53 win over Ball State last Saturday
The Bulldogs (5-2) found their shooting touch early in the game, hitting 7 or 8 shots from the field to take a 15-7 lead in the opening minutes.
However, Butler struggled the rest of the half with the Cardinals (2-4), owning an edge in the first half with 50 percent. Butler shot 37.1 percent.
Ball State tied the game at 33 when junior forward Majok Majok hit a jumper as time expired in the first half.
The Cardinals took a 36-33 lead early in the second half, their first lead of the game.
But Butler was able to stifle Ball State’s offense for the remainder of the game, forcing 19 turnovers, 12 of which came in the second half.
The Bulldogs went on a 26-7 run in the first 14 minutes of the second half. Ball State was held to two field goals during the stretch.
“I thought we did a good job being active with our hands in the second half and loose balls we came up with,” Butler coach Brad Stevens said. “In the first half, we didn’t.”
The Bulldogs scored 27 points off turnovers. The team only committed five turnovers in the game.
Butler’s defense also made 10 steals, with sophomore guard Alex Barlow and sophomore forward Roosevelt Jones leading with three each.
“He changed the game,” Stevens said of Barlow. “That’s the guy that changed the game. There is no other story, in my opinion.”
Barlow played a season-high 19 minutes, playing all but two minutes of the second half.
“I was feeling good out there,” Barlow said. “I had a lot of energy. I felt like I was moving my feet well. And I had great help.”
Senior guard Rotnei Clarke was battling a cold but still managed to lead Butler with 15 points. Clarke shot 5 for 18 from the field, going 3 for 12 from beyond the 3-point line.
“I thought he got better as the game went on defensively, that’s usually the good sign of a well-conditioned person,” Stevens said.
Junior forward Khyle Marshall led the Bulldogs with six rebounds while scoring 10 points. Senior center Andrew Smith added 12 points and five rebounds in the victory.