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College Basketball Matchup - Xavier Musketeers Butler Bulldogs Odds Preview

Butler BulldogsXavier Musketeers
10-3January 04, 2014, 02:00 | Cintas Center11-3

The Xavier Musketeers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Butler Bulldogs at Cintas Center in NCAA basketball action.

Xavier will face the 10-3 Bulldogs, who own a 8-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Musketeers are 4-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bulldogs are 4-7 favoring the OVER.

View Butler Bulldogs vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

The Bulldogs were listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 35-rated Musketeers and the No. 43-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Butler, they were a 76-73 loser as they battled Villanova at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. Butler got 22 points from Kellen Dunham but lost anyway, 76-73, to Villanova on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Xavier was a 70-60 winner at home against St. John's. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Musketeers grabbed a 70-60 win over the Red Storm on Tuesday, behind a 15-point effort from Justin Martin at Cintas Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Xavier's No. 138-ranked offense, averaging 73.36 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 33 at 63.54 PPG. The Musketeers field goal percentage has averaged 46.58% so far, more than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.24% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Musketeers trends to consider:
Butler is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Butler is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Xavier
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Butler's last 6 games when playing Xavier
Xavier is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Xavier's last 5 games
Xavier is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Butler home to DePaul, Thursday, January 9th
Xavier at Marquette, Thursday, January 9th