Butler vs. Tennessee-Martin - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (7-3) at Butler Bulldogs (8-3)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks and Butler Bulldogs play Monday at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks have won four of their last five games and play already their ninth true road game. On the season, Tennessee-Martin is averaging 70.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Deville Smith is averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 assists while Twymond Howard is averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Myles Taylor is grabbing six rebounds and Marshun Newell is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks are a very solid offensive team with five players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 71.5 percent from the free throw line and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Tennessee-Martin is forcing 10.9 turnovers per game and holding teams to 38.5 percent shooting from deep.
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The Butler Bulldogs hope to get back on track after losing the last two games. On the season, Butler is averaging 72.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 57.9 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and Roosevelt Jones is averaging 10.6 points and 4.7 assists. Kelan Martin is the third player averaging double-digit points and Kameron Woods is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are a balanced Big East team that’s forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 27.5 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler is shooting 65.9 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from downtown. Butler’s defense hopes to bounce back after allowing 82 points to Indiana.
The Skyhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 Monday games.
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks have lived on the road all season and competed against teams such as Marquette and Nebraska. Butler has been a little shaky recently and getting the points here seems to be a steal.