Butler vs. Xavier - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (21-3) at Butler Bulldogs (17-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers and Butler Bulldogs square off Saturday at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Xavier Musketeers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 79.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 15.2 points and 6.7 rebounds while Edmond Sumner is averaging 10.9 points and 3.3 assists. Myles Davis is dishing 3.8 assists and James Farr is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Musketeers are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won 10 of their last 14 road games.
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The Butler Bulldogs look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 81.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.1 points and 1.3 assists while Kelan Martin is averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Roosevelt Jones is dishing 4.8 assists and Andrew Chrabascz is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Musketeers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Musketeers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Butler and 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
Butler needs this game in order to lockup its NCAA tournament resume. Xavier is one of the hotter teams in the league but is prone to dropping tough road games. I'll take the Bulldogs at home.