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College Basketball Matchup - Butler Bulldogs Pennsylvania Quakers Odds Preview

Pennsylvania QuakersButler Bulldogs
Jan 2, 7:00 PM | Hinkle Fieldhouse

Pennsylvania Quakers vs Butler Bulldogs Odds

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College hoops betting interest focuses on the Butler vs Pennsylvania battle Wednesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the Bulldogs look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Bulldogs sit at 10-2 (7-4 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Quakers are currently 2-9 (2-5-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Butler is 7-3 OU, and Pennsylvania is 1-2 OU.

View Pennsylvania vs Butler Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bulldogs installed as 21-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 319-rated Pennsylvania taking on the No. 37-rated Bulldogs in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 76-61 win for the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Butler has the nation's No. 65-rated offensive output, at 74.3 PPG. The visiting Quakers defense ranks No. 223 allowing on average 68.7 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 46.6% so far, more than the Quakers marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.3% per game.

Defensively, Pennsylvania features the nation's No. 219-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.2 points per game. Butler, meanwhile, comes in at No. 37 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Pennsylvania was a 68-63 loser on the road against Wagner. Miles Cartwright scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Quakers to a win (they lost 68-63 to Wagner at Spiro Sports Center on Saturday).

Butler won its last outing, a 68-49 result against Vanderbilt on December 29. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. Rotnei Clarke scored 22 points leading the Bulldogs to a 68-49 victory over Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday.

Pennsylvania Quakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing La Salle are 6-4
After playing Wagner are 0-1
After a loss are 3-7

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Quakers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Pennsylvania is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pennsylvania at La Salle, Saturday, January 5
Butler home to New Orleans, Saturday, January 5