Butler vs. Indiana - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Hoosiers (8-2) at Butler Bulldogs (8-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Indiana Hoosiers and Butler Bulldogs square off Saturday afternoon at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Hoosiers have won four of their last five games and play for the first time in a week. On the season, Indiana is averaging 87.5 points on 58 percent shooting and is allowing 71.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting. James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 19.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while Yogi Ferrell is averaging 15.9 points and 5.4 assists. Troy Williams is shooting 57.6 percent from the field and Robert Johnson is dishing out 3.5 assists. The Indiana Hoosiers are one of the best shooting teams in the country, which includes 72.8 percent from the free throw line and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Indiana has allowed 69 or less points in six of its 10 games and is holding teams to 31.3 percent shooting from deep. When the shots fall, Indiana is almost impossible to beat.
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The Butler Bulldogs have won four of their last five games and are looking like a threat in the Big East. On the season, Butler is averaging 72.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and is allowing 55.5 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.3 points on 45 percent shooting and Kelan Martin is averaging 10.8 points on 47 percent shooting. Roosevelt Jones is grabbing five rebounds and Kameron Woods is averaging 9.1 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are a balanced team but relies heavily on a defense that’s allowed no more than 67 points this season and is allowing just 25.6 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Butler is shooting 65.6 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc. Butler has six players averaging at least seven points.
The Bulldogs are 37-13-1 ATS in their last 51 neutral site games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Hoosiers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
The Indiana Hoosiers are the better team and on a nuetral court, there's no way you can pass up the plus money. The Hoosiers are an elite offensive team that's experience and battle tested. I'm taking the moneyline here to give me even more value for my buck.