7,000 fans came for a late night in the City to see what was going on with these Johnnies. While 7,000 is not a great number for MSG, I was a little surprised by the figure since the game was on a Tuesday night, at 9:00, and against a team that is struggling and did not have a strong NYC showing. There were many questions prior to tip. First was Chris Obekpa and how would the Johnnies handle life for the next two weeks without the "Game Changer". The answer to that question will simply be game to game, but you can be sure you will see more driving to the basket especially in Philly this weekend. The other question was would the Johnnies do something they had a penchant for doing all season - playing down to their opponent. We saw it in losses to Penn State and DePaul as well as in wins against Seton Hall and Seton Hall (the two times were intentional). The first half looked like history would repeat. Foul trouble put Butler at the line 16 times compared to just 8 for the Johnnies. Even though it was just a three point Butler lead at the half, the crowd was a bit anxious. But the Johnnies rallied behind Jakarr Sampson and blew the doors off the Dogs in the second half. Butler scored just 19 second half points which included a four point play. Yes, there were some open spots in the lane for the Bulldogs that was clearly the result of Chris being sidelined, but the Johnnies adjusted well and the Obekpa injury might not be as big of a problem for them in the next few games, especially if their shots fall. I good win in a game that had trap written all over it. At the end of the game, the student section began the chant..."We Want Nova!". We're going to get them Saturday.