Utah Utes vs. Butler Bulldogs - 11/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (6-0) at Utah Utes (4-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of undefeated teams do battle as the Butler Bulldogs go on the road to face the Utah Utes on Monday night.
The Butler Bulldogs look to remain hot after winning their first 6 games of the season. The Bulldogs’ most recent outing was a successful one, as they defeated 8th-ranked Arizona by a final score of 69-65 to win the Las Vegas invitational behind a game-high 16 points from Butler’s leading scorer Kelan Martin. Andrew Chrabascz pulled down 7 boards to go along with his 14 points on the night while Avery Woodson and Kamar Baldwin put up 13 and 11 points respectively in the win. Tyler Lewis made both of his field goal attempts on the night for 4 points as he dished out a team-high 6 assists. Kelan Martin leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.2 points per game, Andrew Chrabascz is pulling down an average of 5.8 boards per game to lead Butler while Tyler Lewis is dishing out a team-high 5.3 assists per game. As a team, Butler is shooting the 30th-best percentage from the floor, averaging 50% from the field per game, leading to 80.2 points per game. Butler is also making 38.5% of their attempts from downtown and 70.4% from the foul line. Where Butler also shines is on the defensive end, where they are allowing the 23rd-fewest points against per game, giving up just 61 per contest.
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The Utah Utes look to stay hot and defend home court after winning their 4th straight game, an 85-67 decision over UC-Irvine. Utes’ top scorer, Lorenzo Bonam, led the team once again with 21 points on 9 of 14 from the floor, to go along with 10 rebounds for his 1st double-double of the season. Kyle Kuzma followed behind, racking up 18 points on the night while Devon Daniels also recorded a double-double pulling down 11 boards in addition to his 14 points. Jayce Johnson was the last Ute to record double digits in the scoring column in the win as he knocked down 5 of 7 from the floor for 12 points on the night. Lorenzo Bonam is tied for the team lead with 15.5 points per game, while Kyle Kuzma is pulling down a team-high 10 boards per game, to go along with his 15.5 points per game, averaging a double-double per game this year and Tyler Rawson leads the team with 3.2 assists per game. As a team, Utah is scoring the 15th-most points per game in the country with 89 points per game, on 49.8% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 71% from the foul line.
Butler is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Pac-12 and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 non-conference games. Utah is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 42-19-2 ATS in their last 63 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
This game could be a bit tricky, as Utah is hard to beat at home, but they’ve gotten to this point on an easier schedule. Butler has been battle-tested in their last 2 games and is playing as well as anyone over the last couple of weeks in winning the Las Vegas Invitational. I could be falling into a trap, but I’ll bite as Butler in essentially a pick ‘em is too good to pass up.
Lay the point with the Bulldogs.