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Butler favored by -13 against North Dakota on Saturday

North Dakota SiouxButler Bulldogs
2-4December 07, 2013, 06:00 | Hinkle Fieldhouse5-2

A key college battle sees the visiting North Dakota Sioux travelling to Butler Saturday to take on the Bulldogs.

Supporters of the Sioux have watched them go 2-4 and 2-2-1 ATS on the year, while the Bulldogs are at 5-2 and 4-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 2-4, while the Sioux have a 4-1 mark.

View North Dakota Sioux vs Butler Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting North Dakota before tip-off in this one found them as 13-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Bulldogs sit at No. 41 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sioux sit at No. 179 on the same chart.

Last time out for North Dakota, they were a 93-76 loser as they battled Pacific on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. North Dakota got 21 points from Troy Huff but lost anyway, 93-76, to Pacific on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Butler was a 70-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against LSU. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Johnny O'Bryant III scored 17 points leading the Tigers to a 70-68 victory over Butler at HP Field House on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Butler's No. 152 nationally ranked offense (73.43 points per game) against a Sioux defense that sits as the No. 250 at 83.83 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 43.06% from the field, less than the Sioux have managed so far this season (45.89% on average).

A few Sioux at Bulldogs trends to consider:
North Dakota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Dakota's last 5 games
North Dakota is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
North Dakota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Butler is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Butler is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Butler's last 6 games
Butler is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
North Dakota at Bowling Green, Wednesday, December 11th
Butler at Manchester, Monday, December 9th