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Xavier Musketeers vs. Butler Bulldogs - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler Bulldogs (19-7) at Xavier Musketeers (17-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Networks

The Butler Bulldogs will travel to the Cintas Center to take on the Xavier Musketeers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 19th-ranked Butler Bulldogs improved to 19-7 (9-4 Big East) on the season after defeating the Creighton Bluejays, 58-56, this past Monday. Butler shot 49.1% from the field and 42.9% (3-7) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Roosevelt Jones who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Butler is ranked 24th in the RPI Standings and has played the 29th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 apg) and Roosevelt Jones (13.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.8 apg). Butler is averaging 71.0 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 119th). The Bulldogs are averaging just 10.9 turnovers per game (ranked 29th) and average 5.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 234th).  Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 61.1 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 96th).  The Bulldogs are pulling down 36.77 total rpg (ranked 67th) and have a rebound margin of 5.7 (ranked 24th).

Xavier Musketeers vs. Butler Bulldogs - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Xavier Musketeers improved to 17-10 (7-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats, 59-57, this past Wednesday. Xavier shot 52.6% from the field and 58.8% (10-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Dee Davis who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 assists. Xavier is ranked 33rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 28th ranked SOS. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Trevon Bluiett (12.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Matt Stainbrook (12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.4 apg). Xavier is averaging 75.8 ppg (ranked 24th) on 48.2% shooting (ranked 18th). The Musketeers average 17.1 apg (ranked 7th) and commit just 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 76th).  Xavier is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 228th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 231st).  The Musketeers pull down 24.59 defensive rpg (ranked 109th) and have a turnover margin of 1.6 (ranked 67th).

The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Musketeers are 30-14 ATS in their last 44 home games however, just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.

Butler responded to a tough loss at home against Villanova by pulling out a close one against Creighton earlier in the week. Xavier picked up a huge win over their rival, Cincinnati, which will have to give them confidence going into this game. Butler is a very talented team who defends the three well and although Xavier is a tough place to play, I just don't see Xavier being able to contain Buter on the defensive end. I think this is a game in which will be close but you will want the points in the end. Take Butler and the points.

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