Butler vs. Kennesaw State - 12/8/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kennesaw State Owls (3-6) at Butler Bulldogs (7-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Kennesaw State Owls and Butler Bulldogs play Monday night at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Kennesaw State Owls are off to a tough start and will play their sixth true road game. On the season, Kennesaw State is averaging 61.1 points on 39.5 percent shooting and is allowing 73.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Yonel Brown leads the Owls with 13 points on 41.3 percent shooting and Nigel Pruitt is averaging 11 points on 40 percent shooting from deep. Orlando Coleman is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game and Willy Kouassi is averaging 6.4 rebounds. The Kennesaw State Owls are a brutal offensive team, scoring less than 60 points in five of their nine games and shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Kennesaw State is forcing 12.8 turnovers and averaging five blocks per game.
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The Butler Bulldogs are off to a great start and have won three straight. On the season, Butler is averaging 71.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 54.6 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham leads Butler with 16.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and Roosevelt Jones is averaging 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. Kameron Woods is grabbing 9.1 rebounds per game and Alex Barlow is coming up with 2.5 steals. The Butler Bulldogs are an elite defensive team, averaging 8.1 steals and forcing 16.6 turnovers per game. Butler has allowed no more than 66 points this season and has won nine of its last 11 games when holding a team under 70 points. Offensively, Butler has six players averaging at least seven points and is shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The Owls are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bulldogs are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Kennesaw State has played many tough road games already, including games against Syracuse and Cal. I think the Owls can cover due to being battle tested and already playing in tough places. Give me as many points as possible here.