Butler vs. Princeton - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Princeton Tigers (0-0) at Butler Bulldogs (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, the Princeton Tigers and the Butler Bulldogs will be matching up in college basketball action.
Princeton is coming off a solid 23-7 effort in pre-tournament play last year. That included an 18-game win streak to close out the season after starting 4-6. The Tigers ended up losing in the first round of the tournament, however, falling 60-58 to Notre Dame.
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Princeton will be without their leading scorer form last season in Steven Cook, who put up 13.6 PPG and 5.1 RPG last season. The good news is that the Tigers get back Devin Cannady, who logged 13.4 PPG and 3.6 RPG last year.
Over on the Butler side, they’re coming off a 23-8 record ahead of the tournament last year, earning them a bid to the Big Dance. The Bulldogs took care of Winthrop and Middle Tennessee before falling to North Carolina 92-80.
Butler started things off well in their opener, taking an 82-64 victory over Kennesaw State. The big contributor in that one was Kelan Martin, who put up 20 points, nine rebounds and an assist. Paul Jorgensen had a nice game as well with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Butler is 7-16 ATS in their last 23 Sunday games and the under is 4-0 in their last four home games. The under is 4-1 in the Bulldogs’ last five overall and 4-0 in their last four games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, Princeton is 8-1 ATS in their last nine Sunday games and 6-0 ATS in their last six road games. The over is 4-1-1 in the Tigers’ last six overall and the under is 7-1 in their last eight road games.
Butler was able to put up a 48-24 advantage in the first half of their opener win, then cruised the rest of the way. The scoring was pretty balanced for the Bulldogs, and they got some solid minutes from a few key bench players. I like Butler to keep going strong here and post a cover.