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Xavier vs. Butler - 1/13/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler at Xavier
Date & Time Sunday January 13, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Cintas Center
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Xavier Musketeers -1 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
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The Butler Bulldogs and the Xavier Musketeers meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Butler Bulldogs will look to bounce back after a 76-75 loss to Seton Hall in their last outing. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 10 of 26 shooting while Joey Brunk added 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a 7 of 9 mark from the foul line along with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Aaron Thompson added 7 points and 4 steals as well in the losing effort for Butler. Baldwin leads Butler with an average of 16.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while Thompson leads the Bulldogs in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 73.5 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

The Xavier Musketeers will look to build on an 81-75 win over Georgetown in their last outing. Zach Hankins led the Musketeers with 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting with 3 blocks as well for the double-double while Tyrique Jones added 19 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a perfect 9 of 9 mark from the foul line along with 10 rebounds for a double-double of his own. Naji Marshall added 13 points and Paul Scruggs added 10 points chipped in 10 points with a team-high 4 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Xavier in the winning effort. Marshall leads the Musketeers with an average of 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds while Quentin Goodin leads Xavier in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 74 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the arc and 69.2% from the foul line this season.

Butler is 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games overall. Xavier is 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Butler is 3-13-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings between these two teams and 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Xavier.

These two teams have had similar stories this season as both have been up and down and inconsistent for the most part, which is why the line is as low as it is for this game. However, with the line almost being a pick ‘em, I have to side with Xavier at home here. The Musketeers have had their way with Butler over the years, with the Bulldogs covering in just 3 of the last 17 meetings and failing to cover in 6 of the last 7 trips to the Cintas Center. Add in the fact that Xavier is 8-3 SU at home, while Butler is 1-4 SU on the road, and I think you have to lay the point with Xavier at home here.

Xavier -1

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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