Butler Bulldogs (9-7) vs. Connecticut Huskies (11-4)
January 18, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -12.5 / Butler Bulldogs +12.5; Over/Under: 127.5
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The Butler Bulldogs and UConn Huskies meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the XL Center. The Butler Bulldogs look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The UConn Huskies look for a win after splitting their last six games.
The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 62.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Chuck Harris is averaging 10.5 points and 3.1 rebounds, while Bryce Golden is averaging 9.8 points and 0.6 assists. Jair Bolden is dishing 1.1 assists and Jayden Taylor is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.1 rebounds per game.
The UConn Huskies are averaging 80.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting. RJ Cole is averaging 16.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Adama Sanogo is averaging 15.9 points and 0.9 assists. Tyrese Martin is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Polley is dishing 0.6 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The under is 11-4 in Bulldogs last 15 overall. The over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 overall.
The Butler Bulldogs are capable of being a scrappy team that digs deep defensively, but their offense is rough to say the least, and they’ve looked bad in the majority of their games against good competition. The UConn Huskies have slipped defensively since the layoff, but their offensive firepower has scary ability, and they could run Butler out of the gym if the shots are falling. I have little confidence in Butler, especially on the road. Give me UConn in a comfortable victory.