Butler Bulldogs vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 11/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (2-0) at Butler Bulldogs (1-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of undefeateds take the floor to face off when the Northwestern Wildcats and Butler Bulldogs do Battle on Wednesday night.
The Northwestern Wildcats improved to 2-0 following an 86-72 victory over Eastern Washington. Vic Law led the Cats with 7 makes on 13 attempts from the floor, including 3 of 4 from downtown and 9 makes in 10 trips to the foul line. Law was 1 of 5 total Wildcats who tallied double digits in the scoring column in the win, as Bryant McIntosh followed behind with 8 makes on 17 shots including a pair of free throws for 17 points while also registering 7 assists on the night. Dererk Pardon and Scottie Lindsay each logged 12 points on 4 makes from the floor, while Linday needed 11 attempts to get there, Pardon needed just 5. Isiah Brown rounded out the quintet with 10 points on 3 of 10 from the floor, including a 3-pointer and a perfect 4 for 4 from the charity stripe. As a team, Northwestern is shooting 49.2% from the floor, including 41% from 3-point range and 76.4% from the free throw line.
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The Butler Bulldogs kicked their season off with a bang after dismantling Northern Colorado by a final score of 89-52. Kelan Martin poured in a team-high 21 points on 6 of 14 shots from the floor, however he made just 1 of his 7 3-point attempts. Martin balanced that out by making all 8 of his free throw attempts on the night. Following behind Martin was Tyler Lewis, who started his senior season by going a perfect 7 for 7 from the floor, including a pair of 3s to finish with 16 points. Kamar Baldwin was the only other Bulldog to finish with double digits in the scoring department with 11 points on 5 for 9 shooting, including 1 for 3 behind the 3-point line. As a team, Butler is shooting 53.3% from the floor, 31% from beyond the arc and 76.2% from the free throw line.
Northwestern is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. the Big East while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games. Butler is 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 vs. the Big Ten and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games. The road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Anything can happen in these first couple of games, and both of these teams have fared well against the opposing conference. When that happens, I tend to lean towards the trends where the road team has done well against the spread in 3 of the last 4 meetings, so with that said I’ll take Northwestern and the points.