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Butler Bulldogs Host the Western Illinois Leathernecks in NCAA College Basketball Action

Basketball betting fans will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Butler Bulldogs try to run the Western Illinois Leathernecks off the court at Hinkle Fieldhouse in college hoops action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Butler Bulldogs betting line as -18-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Butler Bulldogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Western Illinois Leathernecks will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 5-2 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Butler Bulldogs are 6-5 ATS. Western Illinois Leathernecks are 4-3 on betting the total; Butler Bulldogs are 6-5.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Butler Bulldogs at No. 57 and the Western Illinois Leathernecks at No. 201 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Western Illinois is ranked No. 103 in NCAA basketball at 37.6 per game. Contrast that with Butler's No. 196 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Butler is the No. 194-ranked team in the country at 6.83 per game, while Western Illinois rates No. 72 at 8.8 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kobe Webster scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Leathernecks to a win (they lost 78-77 to Eastern Illinois at Lantz Arena on Tuesday).

Kelan Martin scored 20 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Butler on Tuesday, leading the Bulldogs to a 85-69 victory over Morehead State at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Western Illinois is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Western Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Western Illinois is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Illinois's last 6 games on the road
  • Butler is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Butler is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Butler's last 5 games
  • Butler is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Western Illinois home to Lincoln Christian, Sunday, December 31st
Butler at Georgetown University, Wednesday, December 27th