Butler Bulldogs vs. IUPUI Jaguars - 11/6/19 NCAA Men's Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs vs. IUPUI Jaguars
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Butler -19.5; Total 145.5
Butler is seeking its 14th postseason appearance in 15 seasons this year and the Bulldogs will open their season at Hinkle Fieldhouse against the IUPUI Jaguars on Wednesday night. Last year, Butler lost in the first round of the NIT, but it will be looking for more after returning four of its top six scorers from that team.
Leading the way in the preseason was Sean McDermott, who was on fire in the Bulldogs’ two exhibition games. McDermott, a senior forward, averaged 23.5 points per game in the two exhibitions and made 10-of-16 shots from 3-point range along the way. Senior guard Kamar Baldwin, one of the greatest scorers in Butler history, averaged 14.0 points per game in the two exhibitions and will look to cap off a successful career with one more strong season. Junior forward Bryce Nze, a transfer from Milwaukee, scored 10 points with 11 rebounds in the exhibition win over Indianapolis.
Butler will look to keep the nation’s second-longest non-conference home win streak alive when it takes on IUPUI on Wednesday. The Bulldogs have won 50 consecutive non-conference home games, second to only Duke. Butler has also won 20 consecutive home openers.
IUPUI also reached the postseason last year but fell in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Jaguars have a new head coach and numerous new faces from that squad, however as IUPUI return just two starters and five letterwinners overall. Look to 2019 Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year Jaylen Minnett to lead things for the Jaguars in the early going.
This game should be all Butler. This is an experienced group that is staying local early in the season, facing the Division II University of Indianapolis in exhibition and now IUPUI in the season opener. The Jaguars have faced recent adversity when the head coach resigned just more than two months ago and that instability adding onto a team that lost so much from last year makes the line of 19.5 seem a little small. Take Butler with confidence.