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Boilermakers open as college hoops underdog vs Bulldogs

Butler BoilermakersPurdue Bulldogs
8-2December 14, 2013, 06:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse7-2

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Butler Bulldogs try to run the Purdue Boilermakers off the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in college hoops action.

The Bulldogs are 7-2 so far on the season, and 5-2 ATS vs. the number. The Boilermakers, meanwhile, are 8-2 and 3-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Butler go 2-5 and the Boilermakers go 3-5 on the totals.

View Purdue Boilermakers vs Butler Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Butler sat as -2.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 45-rated Bulldogs and the No. 56-ranked Boilermakers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Purdue was a 69-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Bryson Scott scored 16 points leading the Boilermakers to a 69-64 victory over Eastern Michigan at Mackey Arena on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Butler's No. 87 nationally ranked offense (77 points per game) against a Boilermakers defense that sits as the No. 152 at 71.4 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 46.21% from the field, more than the Boilermakers have managed so far this season (45.48% on average).

A few Boilermakers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Butler is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Purdue is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Purdue home to MD-Eastern Shore, Tuesday, December 17th
Butler at Evansville, Saturday, December 21st