Butler vs. Northwestern - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (5-2) at Butler Bulldogs (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Butler Bulldogs play Saturday at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost two straight and will play their second true road game. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 60.9 points on 40.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.1 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Alex Olah is averaging 10.9 points and 7.3 rebounds while Tre Demps is averaging 10.9 points on 35.9 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh leads the Wildcats with five assists and Sanjay Lumpkin is shooting 66.7 percent from the field. The Northwestern Wildcats rely on their defense that’s coming away with more than five blocks per game and averaging 35.3 rebounds per game. Offensively, Northwestern still needs major work, as its shooting just 32.4 percent from downtown, has yet to reach 70 points and has just two double-digit scorers.
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The Butler Bulldogs are off to a 6-1 start and looking to be a threat in the Big East. On the season, Butler is averaging 72.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and is allowing 54.4 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and Kelan Martin is averaging 10.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Roosevelt Jones leads the Bulldogs with 5.3 assists and Andrew Chrabascz is shooting 44.6 percent from the field. The Butler Bulldogs is also a defensive team that’s forcing more than 17 turnovers per game and is allowing just 24.4 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Butler is shooting 66 percent from the free throw line and 36.3 percent from deep. The Butler Bulldogs are a team to keep a close eye on this season.
The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
This has the feel of being one of those slow paced defensive games that is sloppy and comes down to the final couple of shots. Both teams play solid defense and is these type of games it's always wise to take the points. Give me Northwestern to keep this thing close.