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Vikings vs Bulldogs College Hoops Game Preview

Cleveland State VikingsButler Bulldogs
Jan 13, 7:00 PM | Hinkle Fieldhouse

Cleveland State Vikings vs Butler Bulldogs Odds


Butler will look to improve on its 9-8 record on Friday when they host Cleveland State in NCAAB odds action at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs sport records of 9-8 and 2-10-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Vikings have 14-3 and 6-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-6 for the Bulldogs and 6-7-1 for the Vikings.

View Cleveland State vs Butler Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Butler opened as 3-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 100 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Vikings, who rate No. 165 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 70-63 victory for the Vikings.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Vikings rank No. 311 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.2 per game. That compares with Butler’s No. 153 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Butler is college basketball's No. 197-ranked team at 5.9 per game, while the Vikings rate No. 116 with 6.8 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Cleveland State owns the country's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 57.2 points per game on the highway. Butler, on the other hand, rates No. 309 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cleveland State was a 69-48 winner at home against Loyola of Chicago. They covered the 14.5–point spread as favorites. The battle between the Vikings and Ramblers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Loyola of Chicago was handed a 69-48 defeat on Saturday at Wolstein Center.

Butler lost its last outing, a 76-65 result against Detroit on January 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog. Ronald Nored scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 76-65 to Detroit at Calihan Hall on Sunday).

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Valparaiso are 6-3
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Youngstown State are 8-2
After playing Detroit are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Vikings at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Cleveland State is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Butler
Cleveland State is 2-17 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Butler
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland State
Butler is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Cleveland State
Butler is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
Butler is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Cleveland State at Valparaiso, Sunday, January 15
Butler home to Youngstown State, Sunday, January 15