Oklahoma Sooners vs. Butler Bulldogs - 11/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (4-0) at Oklahoma Sooners (3-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds
The Butler Bulldogs take the hardwood with the Oklahoma Sooners in the winner's bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Butler Bulldogs and the Big East weren't a good mix last season with a 5-13 league mark but after knocking off #5 North Carolina in the Battle 4 Atlantis you have to wonder what the year holds for the Bulldogs. This certainly wasn't pretty with 19 turnovers for each team and with Butler shooting less then 31% and UNC hitting at 38.6% you have to wonder how Butler won. The answer is 29 offensive rebounds with 15 more looks at the basket which included five more threes got the job done. Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin led the Bulldogs with 17 points each and a combined eleven boards followed by a 12 point, eight pull, six assist performance from Roosevelt Jones while Kellen Dunham added eleven points.
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The Oklahoma Sooners are hoping to make a name for themselves in the national scene. The Sooners took a big step towards that goal with a 75-65 decisions over #22 UCLA in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The #21 Sooners were a basket favorite over the #22 Bruins squad so it was called an upset but OU led throughout. The Bruins connected on 37.7% from the floor with OU struggling at less then 33%. The Sooners saving grace was they sank six more long balls and 14 more free throws. Oklahoma received a game high 24 points on 7-19 shooting from Buddy Hield with Frank Booker and Jordan Woodward scoring eleven and ten points respectively. TaShawn Thomas, Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins supplied the muscle with 25 points and 25 rebounds.
After last season Butler's back to back National Championship appearances were quickly forgotten with the team going 14-17 overall. That meant the Bulldogs didn't garner a lot of attention from the experts although that might change with their hot start. Oklahoma was a solid program last season but some departures have many thinking that duplicating that success isn't in the cards. I still think the season is too young to be too high or low on any team.
Butler has been hot on the boards and simply hitting shots so getting the points is a bonus as they keep it very close or just win outright.