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Boilermakers face Butler Bulldogs: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Purdue BoilermakersButler Bulldogs
Dec 17, 2:00 PM | Conseco Fieldhouse

Purdue Boilermakers vs Butler Bulldogs Odds


The Bulldogs will try to cover the spread at Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday when they get a visit from the Purdue Boilermakers in college basketball action.

The game is being played at Conseco Fieldhouse, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Bulldogs sit at 4-6 (0-6-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Boilermakers are currently 9-2 (6-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Butler is 4-3 OU, and Purdue is 3-6 OU.

View Purdue vs Butler Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Boilermakers are listed as 8.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 63-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 56-rated Boilermakers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 81-67 win for the Boilermakers on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Butler has the nation's No. 233-rated offensive output, at 65.6 PPG. The visiting Boilermakers defense ranks No. 42 allowing on average 59.3 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 38.4% so far, less than the Boilermakers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44% per game.

Defensively, Purdue features the nation's No. 240-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.5 points per game. Butler, meanwhile, comes in at No. 269 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Purdue was a 61-36 winner at home against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 24.5–point spread as favorites. The battle between the Boilermakers and Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern Michigan was handed a 61-36 defeat on Saturday at Mackey Arena.

Last time out for Butler, they were a 58-55 loser as they battled Ball State on the road. They earned a push in the match as a 3-point underdog. Khyle Marshall scored 21 points and chipped in with 16 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 58-55 against Ball State in college basketball action at Worthen Arena.

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing IUPU Fort Wayne are 4-0
After playing Eastern Michigan are 1-0
After a win are 6-4

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Gonzaga are 1-0
After playing Ball State are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Boilermakers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Butler is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Butler is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Purdue home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Tuesday, December 20
Butler at Gonzaga, Tuesday, December 20