Butler Bulldogs (5-1) at Saint Louis Billikens (5-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 1, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens +2 -- Over/Under: 134.5
The Butler Bulldogs and Saint Louis Billikens meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Chaifetz Arena.
The Butler Bulldogs look for a road victory here to build on their solid 5-1 record. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 77.7 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Kamar Baldwin is averaging 19.7 points and six rebounds while Paul Jorgensen is averaging 18.5 points and 1.3 assists. Sean McDermott is the third double-digit scorer and Joey Brunk is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Saint Louis Billikens look for another victory to build on their 5-1 start to the season. The Saint Louis Billikens are averaging 69.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Javon Bess is averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds while Tramaine Isabell Jr. is averaging 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jordan Goodwin is the third double-digit scorer and Carte'Are Gordon is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Saint Louis Billikens are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 62 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Louis Billikens are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Saint Louis Billikens have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Bulldogs are 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 non-conference games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games. The Billikens are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 overall. The under is 5-1 in Billikens last 6 overall.
The Saint Louis Billikens are really good defensively, which gives them a chance here at home. The problem is the Butler Bulldogs are deep offensively, usually get good shots and will probably have the best two players on the court. It won't be easy for Butler to get the job done, but I'll lay the bucket with the Bulldogs. The Butler Bulldogs are the better, more balanced team.