Butler Bulldogs vs. Xavier Musketeers - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (11-4) at Butler Bulldogs (11-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Xavier Musketeers will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse this Saturday evening to take on the Butler Bulldogs in college basketball action.
The Xavier Musketeers improved to 11-4 (2-1 Big East) after defeating the 19th ranked Seton Hall Pirates this past Wednesday. Xavier shot 50% from the field and held the Pirates to just 26.9% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Dee Davis who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists. Xavier is currently ranked 30th in the RPI Standings and has played the 47 ranked SOS. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Trevon Bluiett (13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Matt Stainbrook (11.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, the Musketeers are averaging 79.2 ppg (ranked 18th) on 49.8% shooting (ranked 12th). Xavier averages 17.3 apg (ranked 12th) and has a 1.41 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 19th). Defensively, the Musketeers are allowing their opponents to score an average of 66.2 ppg (ranked 183rd) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 231st).
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The Butler Bulldogs dropped to 11-5 (1-2 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Providence Friars 66-62 this past Tuesday. The Bulldogs shot 33.9% from the floor and couldn’t hold on for the victory after leading by a 36-29 margin at half-time. Leading the way for Butler was Alex Barlow who had 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, and 7 steals. The Bulldogs are currently ranked 24th in the RPI Standings and have played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, Butler has been led by Kellen Dunham (17.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and Roosevelt Jones (11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, Butler is averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 135th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 158th). The Bulldogs average 12.75 offensive rpg (ranked 57th). Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 58.3 ppg (ranked 28th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 123rd). The Bulldogs are holding their opponents to 28.0% shooting from beyond the arc.
The Musketeers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the tougher places to place however, I feel that Xavier is one of the most underrated teams in the country. I think Xavier will be able to score on a tough Butler defensive and that they could walk out of Hinkle Fieldhouse with a victory. Take Xavier and the points.