Men’s basketball: Bulldogs take on Charlotte

The Butler men’s basketball team hosts Charlotte tonight at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The game will tip off at 7 p.m.

Senior center Andrew Smith will miss tonight’s and Saturday’s game at Fordham after sustaining an abdominal injury in Saturday’s win against George Washington.

He  alerted the team’s training staff of discomfort and received medical treatment after the game.

Smith will be re-evaluated next week.

The 49ers are 17-6 overall and are tied for seventh in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with a record of 5-4.

Charlotte lost to A-10 co-leader Virginia Commonwealth at home last Saturday 68-61.

The team has not qualified for the NCAA tournament since the 2004-05 season, the season before it entered the A-10.

Charlotte finished 11th in the A-10 last season, going 13-17 overall and 5-11 in conference play.

The program has experienced a resurgence this year after going 12-2 in nonconference play to begin the season.

Three of the 49ers’ best wins have come at home, picking up victories against La Salle, Xavier and Massachusetts.

Butler is coming off a 59-56 win at George Washington last Saturday.

Senior guard Rotnei Clarke led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while junior forward Khyle Marshall grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

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