Indiana Hoosiers (8-2) at Butler Bulldogs (7-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs +1 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Butler Bulldogs & Indiana Hoosiers will square off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Crossroads Classic this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Butler Bulldogs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies, 95-68, this past Saturday. Butler had their way on the offensive end against the Northern Illinois defense and easily secured the victory after taking a 51-28 lead at halftime. Butler shot 60.7% from the field and 53.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Sean McDermott who had 23 points and a rebound.
On the season, Butler is averaging 75.9 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Paul Jorgensen (17.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), Kamar Baldwin (16.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Sean McDermott (12.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg), and Joey Brunk (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg).
Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
The 25th ranked Indiana Hoosier won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-2 (2-0 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Louisville Cardinals, 68-67, this past Saturday. Indiana was outstanding on the defensive end agianst the Cardinals and was able to hold off a late Louisville charge after taking a 66-61 lead with just :10 seconds left in regulation. Indiana held Louisville to just 38.3% shooting from the field and 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoosiers was Romeo Langford who had 21 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal.
On the season, Indiana is averaging 77.5 ppg on 51.4% shooting from the field. The Hoosiers are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana has been led by Romeo Langford (18.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Juwan Morgan (15.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 bpg), Justin Smith (8.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg), and Rob Phinisee (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Indiana is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Hoosiers have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Bulldogs are 44-17-2 ATS in their last 63 neutral site games however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Hoosiers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Both of these teams play very solid defense as Butler comes into this game ranked 35th in scoring defense & 44th in turnover margin while the Hoosiers rank 45th in scoring defense and 88th in defensive FG%. Indiana has won their last three games by just an average of just 1.6 ppg and as I think Butler will be able to keep this one close, I think the play here is to take the Bulldogs and the point.