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Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs Butler Bulldogs Preview

Butler BulldogsWisc-Milwaukee Panthers
March 2, 8:30 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Butler Bulldogs vs Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds

19-13TEAM RECORD20-12

Butler pays a visit to Wisc-Milwaukee on Friday, hoping to send the Panthers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Athletics-Recreation Center.

This is a conference playoff game in the Horizon Tournament. The game is being played at Athletics-Recreation Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Panthers are 20-12 so far on the season, and 14-12-2 ATS vs. the number. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 19-13 and 10-17-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wisc-Milwaukee go 14-13-1 and the Bulldogs go 16-13 on the totals.

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Betting Line:
The Panthers are listed as 1.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers sit at No. 95 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 76 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Panthers will win this game 67-65.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 115 in NCAA hoops at 35.5 per game. Contrast that with Wisc-Milwaukee’s No. 145 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Wisc-Milwaukee is the No. 45-ranked team in the country at 7.8 per game, while Butler rates No. 270 at 5.2 per game.

Defensively, Butler features the nation's No. 58-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.7 points per game. Wisc-Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 250 nationally in scoring at home.

Butler was a 70-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wright State. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. Butler got 25 points from Andrew Smith en route to a 70-52 victory over Wright State on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Wisc-Milwaukee was a 68-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against Illinois-Chicago. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites. Wisc-Milwaukee got 18 points from James Haarsma en route to a 68-55 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After playing Wright State are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Bulldogs at Panthers trends to consider:
Wisc-Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Butler
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 5 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Butler