Butler Bulldogs vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (3-7) at Butler Bulldogs (9-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -24 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #21 Butler Bulldogs look to avoid the upset bid of the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds were called an improved team before the season began but have lost five straight to begin the year before winning back to back contests. The Thunderbirds are coming off of a 68-54 victory at Utah Valley behind a 46-28 second half run. Neither team shot the ball well with both connecting at around 36%.The decisive edge came at the charity stripe where SUU sank 20 more free throws. James McGee led the Thunderbird with 24 points on 5-7 including three bombs while Casey Oliverson added 13 points and seven boards. Trey Kennedy and Travon Langston scored nine points each with Langston snaring eight rebounds.
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The goal for the #21 Butler Bulldogs is to win games and climb the national rankings. The scoreboard lighting Bulldogs are doing their part with four consecutive victories capped off by a 93-88 rout of VMI. The Keydets trailed by 26 points heading to the locker room and never challenged. VMI was limited to 37% from the field while the Bulldogs torched the nets at over 54% including a 10-21 mark from long range. Kelan Martin led a balanced Butler offense with 20 points and eight rebounds with Roosevelt Jones scoring 14. Andrew Chrabascz and Tyler Lewis netted13 and 12 points while Kyle Dunham tossed in eleven points.
The under is 27-8 in Southern Utah last 35 non-conference games. The over is 7-1-1 in Butler’s last 9 overall is 7-1-1 in their last 9 non-conference games. Butler will rack up points if given the opportunity and the danger is they don’t care about the score if they get up big…