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Butler Bulldogs vs. DePaul Blue Demons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/9/14

DePaul Blue Demons (8-8) at Butler Bulldogs (10-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

The Line: Butler Bulldogs -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The DePaul Blue Demons make the short trip to visit the Butler Bulldogs in Thursday night Big East action from Hinkle fieldhouse at 7PM on Fox Sports One.

DePaul is 8-8 on the year and winless in the Big East, having lost their first three contests of the season.  Most recently, the Blue Demons got rolled by Creighton 81-62 at home.  The Blue Demons were dominated by the Bluejays as they allowed 5 Creighton players to reach double figures and only two of their own players hit the double digit mark.  The Blue Demons depth issues are beginning to be a consistent problem.  In this contest, Brandon Young led the way with 24 and Cleveland Melvin added 16 but only Tommy Hamilton came close to getting into double figures with 9.  The Blue Demons also had two starters fail to score -- an unacceptable stat at this point in the season.

Butler Bulldogs vs. DePaul Blue Demons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/9/14

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Butler finds themselves in an unusual position as well as they have stumbled to 0-2 in conference play.  The Bulldogs have been affected greatly by the absence of leader Roosevelt Jones this season, especially once conference play has kicked off.  Most recently, the Bulldogs fell at Xavier by a score of 79-68.  The Bulldogs were just 66% from the line three players reached double figures with Khyle Marshall’s 14 leading the way.  Butler turned the ball over 15 times for the game and sent Xavier to the line many times -- the Musketeers finished 20-24 from the line.

Butler has struggled in conference play, but are very tough at home and run a much more structured offense that keeps them in most all contests they play in.  I like the Bulldogs to get in the conference win column in this one as Kellen Dunham breaks out for a big game from deep and the Bulldogs get the cover at home and send DePaul to 0-4 in conference play.


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