NCAAB

Butler Bulldogs vs Xavier Musketeers

Butler
Bulldogs
12 - 3
Xavier
Musketeers
14 - 1
January 02, 2018, 7:00 PM EST
 | Cintas Center

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Butler
Bulldogs
12 - 3
Xavier
Musketeers
14 - 1
January 02, 2018, 7:00 PM EST
 | Cintas Center
  • Butler put the college basketball world on notice with its most recent victory over then No. 1-ranked Villanova but bettors should have been paying attention to the Bulldogs for nearly a month. Butler has gone OVER in its past seven outings thanks to an offense that is averaging 89.6 points in that span. Could another huge upset be in the works when Butler travels to take on the No. 5 Xavier Musketeers on Tuesday?

    Shark Bites
    • Xavier G Trevon Bluiett averaged 22 points while shooting 43.3% in his past 2 vs Butler.
    • Butler is 1-5 SU and ATS in its last 6 games on the road against Xavier.
    • Xavier is 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home.

    Butler’s offense has started to lean heavily toward the deep ball through the month of December, with the Bulldogs averaging 22 three-point attempts per game while draining them at a 42 percent rate. The emergence of George Washington transfer Paul Jorgensen has been a big reason for this offensive shift, as the guard paces the team in three-point percentage and is second in makes.

    Xavier is riding an eight-game winning streak heading into this contest but it has not always been pretty. The Musketeers needed big comebacks vs East Tennessee State, Marquette and DePaul. Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura get the attention – and rightfully so – but Xavier features six other players who average at least 7.6 points per game.

    Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick

    Sportsbooks (including Sportsbook) had the Xavier Musketeers as 7-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the Sportsbook OVER/UNDER total value at Sportsbook.

    Butler Bulldogs vs Xavier Musketeers Matchup

    Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

    The Xavier Musketeers sit at 14-1 (11-4 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Butler Bulldogs are currently 12-3 (8-6 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Xavier is 10-5 OU, and Butler is 9-5 OU.

    According to new college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 44-ranked Musketeers and the No. 8-rated Bulldogs in this matchup.

    Statistical Matchup

    Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Butler is ranked No. 173 in NCAA basketball at 35.27 per game. Contrast that with Xavier's No. 45 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Xavier is the No. 149-ranked team in the country at 7.53 treys per game, while Butler rates No. 134 at 7.87 per game.

    Recent Outings Betting Recap

    The Bulldogs grabbed a 101-93 win over the Wildcats on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Kelan Martin at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

    J.P. Macura scored 19 points leading the Musketeers to a 77-72 victory over DePaul at Cintas Center on Saturday.

    Betting Trends
    • Butler is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
    • Butler is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
    • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Butler's last 5 games
    • Butler is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    • Xavier is 18-5 ATS in its last 23 games
    • Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Xavier's last 15 games
    • Xavier is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games at home

    Next Betting Matchups

    Butler home to Seton Hall, Saturday, January 6
    Xavier at Providence, Saturday, January 6

Odds

Tuesday, January 2 Tue Jan 2


Opening
Current

vs7:00pm ET
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+7
-110
+225
o154.5
-110
-7
-110
-285
u154.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+6.5
-112
+235
o155.5
-113
-6.5
-108
-280
u155.5
-107

Edge Finder

63.85
Total Score
74.11
41.63
Field Goal %
45.12
30.49
Three Point %
32.22
69.60
Free Throw %
69.80
32.30
Total Rebounds
36.54
63.85
Total Score
74.11
41.63
Field Goal %
45.12
69.60
Free Throw %
69.80
30.49
Three Point %
32.22
22.76
Three's Attempts
20.86
6.54
Three's Made
6.37
8.51
Offensive
9.79
23.79
Defensive
26.75
32.30
Total Rebounds
36.54
11.00
Assists
14.81
16.67
Fouls
15.36
11.97
Turnovers
11.67
4.89
Steals
7.08

Head To Head

BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
3-7
Record
7-3
3-7
ATS
7-3
5-5
O/U
5-5
67.70
Score
74.00
30.50
Half Time Score
34.40
41.50%
Field Goal Percentage
49.62%
31.30
Rebounds
33.30
62/196
3 Point Shots
64/167
6.50
Steals
5.30
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
2-1
Record
1-2
2-1
ATS
1-2
2-1
O/U
2-1
76.00
Score
73.00
31.00
Half Time Score
31.33
48.45%
Field Goal Percentage
47.92%
27.67
Rebounds
31.00
16/62
3 Point Shots
19/57
9.00
Steals
4.33
Mar 9/17 (1 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Home
Away
57
Score
62
-6.5
ATS
+6.5
142.5 o
O/U
142.5 u
30
Half Time Score
26
42.90%
Field Goal Percentage
46.50%
26
Rebounds
31
4/19
3 Point Shots
5/15
10
Steals
5
Feb 26/17 (2 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Away
Home
88
Score
79
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
144.5 o
O/U
144.5 u
38
Half Time Score
37
54.80%
Field Goal Percentage
48.20%
26
Rebounds
33
8/24
3 Point Shots
8/23
9
Steals
6
Jan 14/17 (3 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Home
Away
83
Score
78
-4
ATS
+4
145 o
O/U
145 u
25
Half Time Score
31
46.00%
Field Goal Percentage
48.90%
31
Rebounds
29
4/19
3 Point Shots
6/19
8
Steals
2
Feb 13/16 (4 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Home
Away
57
Score
74
-3
ATS
+3
153 o
O/U
153 u
29
Half Time Score
43
33.30%
Field Goal Percentage
56.90%
30
Rebounds
34
8/22
3 Point Shots
9/18
4
Steals
6
Jan 2/16 (5 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Away
Home
69
Score
88
+5
ATS
-5
152 o
O/U
152 u
35
Half Time Score
45
38.70%
Field Goal Percentage
56.40%
31
Rebounds
36
7/15
3 Point Shots
10/21
8
Steals
6
Mar 12/15 (6 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Home
Away
61
Score
67
-1.5
ATS
+1.5
135 o
O/U
135 u
28
Half Time Score
30
39.30%
Field Goal Percentage
43.60%
41
Rebounds
38
7/24
3 Point Shots
5/15
8
Steals
6
Feb 21/15 (7 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Away
Home
56
Score
73
+5
ATS
-5
137.5 o
O/U
137.5 u
22
Half Time Score
33
35.10%
Field Goal Percentage
45.80%
35
Rebounds
39
5/16
3 Point Shots
7/16
6
Steals
7
Jan 10/15 (8 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Home
Away
88
Score
76
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
129.5 o
O/U
129.5 u
34
Half Time Score
31
48.10%
Field Goal Percentage
46.40%
37
Rebounds
26
6/15
3 Point Shots
5/18
4
Steals
3
Feb 11/14 (9 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Home
Away
50
Score
64
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
134 o
O/U
134 u
22
Half Time Score
31
34.00%
Field Goal Percentage
52.90%
26
Rebounds
34
7/25
3 Point Shots
6/13
5
Steals
4
Jan 4/14 (10 of 10)
BUTLR
Stat Type XAVIR
Away
Home
68
Score
79
+5.5
ATS
-5.5
133.5 o
O/U
133.5 u
42
Half Time Score
37
44.20%
Field Goal Percentage
50.90%
30
Rebounds
33
6/17
3 Point Shots
3/9
3
Steals
8

Team Records

BUTLR
Record XAVIR
12-3
All
14-1
9-0
Home
10-0
1-1
Away
3-0
2-2
Neutral Site
1-1
9-0
As Fav
13-1
2-3
As Dog
1-0
8-6
ATS
11-4
7-1
ATS Home
7-3
0-2
ATS Away
3-0
1-3
ATS Neutral
1-1
9-5
O/U
10-5
7-1
O/U Home
6-4
1-1
O/U Away
3-0
1-3
O/U Neutral
1-1
BUTLR
Record XAVIR
2-0
All
2-0
1-0
Home
1-0
1-0
Away
1-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
1-0
As Fav
2-0
1-0
As Dog
0-0
1-1
ATS
1-1
1-0
ATS Home
0-1
0-1
ATS Away
1-0
0-0
ATS Neutral
0-0
2-0
O/U
1-1
1-0
O/U Home
0-1
1-0
O/U Away
1-0
0-0
O/U Neutral
0-0
BUTLR
Record XAVIR
9-1
All
9-1
6-0
Home
7-0
1-0
Away
2-0
2-1
Neutral Site
0-1
7-0
As Fav
9-1
2-1
As Dog
0-0
6-4
ATS
6-4
5-1
ATS Home
4-3
0-1
ATS Away
2-0
1-2
ATS Neutral
0-1
7-3
O/U
6-4
5-1
O/U Home
3-4
1-0
O/U Away
2-0
1-2
O/U Neutral
1-0

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
John-Michael MulloyF/CIs "?" Saturday vs Marquette, Ankle
Chuck HarrisGLeft last game, is "?" Saturday vs Marquette, Concussion
NamePositionInj Desc
Zach FreemantleFIs out indefinitely, Foot

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