Xavier vs. Butler - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Butler Bulldogs (21-9) at Xavier Musketeers (19-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 128
The Butler Bulldogs and the Xavier Musketeers meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Saturday night.
The Butler Bulldogs will try to lock up the 5th seed in the Big East tournament, sitting at 9-8 in conference play after a 77-65 win over St. John’s in their last outing. Kamar Baldwin leads Butler in scoring with 15.6 PPG while Sean McDermott has 12 PPG and 6.3 RPG this season. Bryce Nze is adding 9.3 PPG and a team-high 6.5 RPG while Aaron Thompson has 4.8 APG this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 68.4 points on 45.9% shooting from the field, 33.6% from 3-point range and 72.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61.8 points on 39.4% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season. Butler is 4-6 straight up and 5-5 against the spread on the road this season.
The Xavier Musketeers will try to catch up to Butler in the standings, sitting a game back at 8-9 in conference after an 80-74 loss to Providence last time out. Naji Marshall leads Xavier in scoring and assists with 16.8 PPG and 3.8 APG while Tyrique Jones is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 13.7 PPG and 11.1 RPG and Paul Scruggs has 12.7 PPG for Xavier this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 70.8 points on 43.5% shooting from the field, 31.7% from 3-point range and 65.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.3 points on 40.4% shooting from the field and 29.8% from 3-point range this season. Xavier is 12-4 straight up and 5-10-1 against the spread at home this season.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game and I really think it could go either way, so could make a case for both sides in this one. However, Xavier has played their best ball of the season at home and are averaging just under 72 points per game at home this season. Butler has had issues translating their play to the road, and I just think this is a game where home court could end up being the difference. I’ll lay the points with Xavier at home here.