Butler Bulldogs vs. Belmont Bruins - 12/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Belmont Bruins (8-4) at Butler Bulldogs (9-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Belmont Bruins will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Sunday night.
The Belmont Bruins snapped their three game losing streak with a 73-61 victory over the Fairfield Stags to improve to 8-4 on the season just over a week ago. The Bruins played some great defensive and held the Stags to just 21.4% (6-28 3PM-A) from three-point range. Leading the way for the Bruins was Craig Bradshaw who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season Belmont have been led by Craig Bradshaw (20.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), Evan Bradds (13.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Reece Chamberlain (8.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.0 spg). Offensively, the Bruins are averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 75th) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 81st). Belmont loves to beat you from the outside as they are currently averaging 10.1 three-pointers a game which ranked 6th in the country. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 69.3 ppg (ranked 244th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 221st). Belmont doesn’t have much of an inside presence as they are only averaging 2.3 blocks per game (ranked 299th). Although the Bruins do a decent job on the defensive glass as they average 25.67 defensive rpg (ranked 96th), they are not a great rebounding team as they only average 33.42 total rpg (ranked 241st).
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Butler improved to 9-3 on the season after defeating the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 64-37 this past Monday. Butler out-rebounded the Skyhawks by a 39-20 margin and shot an impressive 49.0% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Andrew Chrabascz who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Butler currently ranks 44th in the RPI standings and has the 89th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Kelan Martin (10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg), and Roosevelt Jones (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 4.4 apg). Offensively, Butler is averaging 71.7 ppg (ranked 100th) on 45.0% shooting (ranked 114th). The Bulldogs average 12.25 offensive rebounds per game (ranked 97th). The Bulldogs will look to improve their free-throw shooting, as current they are only shooting 65.9% (ranked 248th) as a team. Defensively, Butler are holding their opponents to 56.2 ppg (ranked 16th) on 39.4% shooting (ranked 79th). The Bulldogs do a great job defending the three-pointer as they are holding opponents to just 26.7% (ranked 9th) shooting from beyond the arc.
The Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Butler started the season off strong with their victory against North Carolina and although they have struggled a bit against above average teams recently, I think they will prevent Belmont form beating them from outside and cover this large spread at home. Take the Butler Bulldogs in this one!