Butler's Rotnei Clark is a baller. In the video you can hear him saying he will not come out of the game. While he lays on the court, in a lot of pain, and with some numbness to his extremities, his only concern is playing. Marc Few tried real hard to recruit this guy and this is one reason why.
He was injured in the first half of their game against Dayton this weekend as he attempted a lay-up. He was fouled by Dayton's Matt Derenbecker, who was charged with a flagrant 1 foul. The injury occurred when he collided into the basket support head first. He had to be taken from the game on a stretcher.
Many were anxiously waiting this game, as it appears to be one of the biggest hurdles left on Gonzaga's schedule. Clark was Butler's leading scorer who averages a team-high 16.2 points per game. The loss of Clark will be a huge blow to their chances of upsetting the Zags. He was Butler's leading three point sniper hitting .444% and he had bombed in 59 threes this season. It would have been exciting watching Pangos go head to head with Clark.
Fortunately for Rotnei, MRI tests showed no spinal cord injury's, but he does have a severe neck sprain that will take some time to heal before he can resume contact.
This means the #8 ranked Zags will have to play #13 ranked Butler, on the road on Saturday without their star guard.
We wish him a speedy recovery.