Arizona vs. Butler - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (5-0) at Arizona Wildcats (5-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Wildcats and the butler Bulldogs face off on Friday in Las Vegas in college basketball tournament action.
The Arizona Wildcats are 5-0 to start the season and they advanced to this game with a win over Santa Clara on Thursday. For the season Arizona is averaging 75.6 points per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 62 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Lauri Markkanen leads the Wildcats averaging 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Kobi Simmons is averaging 12.4 points for Arizona, Rawle Alkins is averaging 10.6 points, and Parker Jackson-Cartwright is averaging 9.6 points. Arizona has been winning games but they haven’t been blowing teams out.
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The Butler Bulldogs are 5-0 this season and they advanced to this game with a win over Vanderbilt on Thursday. For the season Butler is averaging 82.4 points and they are shooting 50.5 percent from the floor including 38.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 60.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Kelan Martin leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.2 points and 26.6 minutes per game. Andrew Chrabascz is averaging 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds for Butler, Kamar Baldwin is averaging 9.8 points and Avery Woodson is averaging 9.4 points. Butler has some veteran leaders and they are a team we will likely see in March in the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona is 2-8 against the spread in neutral site games, 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games, and 0-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Butler is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last 9 non-Big East games, 37-12-2- against the spread in their last 51 neutral site games, and 5-2-1 against the spread following a win.
While I feel Butler is the better team I am a little surprised they are favored not because I don't think they will cover but generally Arizona is a very public team. I am on Butler but this could be a trap.