Butler vs. Xavier - 2/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Xavier Musketeers (16-8) at Butler Bulldogs (18-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5
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The Xavier Musketeers and Butler Bulldogs meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Xavier Musketeers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 71.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Naji Marshall is averaging 16 points and 5.9 rebounds while Tyrique Jones is averaging 13.5 points and 11.1 rebounds. Paul Scruggs is the third double-digit scorer and Quentin Goodin is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have split their last six road games.
The Butler Bulldogs need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 68.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 61.2 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Kamar Baldwin is averaging 16.3 points and 4.5 rebounds while Sean McDermott is averaging 11.8 points and six rebounds. Bryce Nze is dishing 1.3 assists and Jordan Tucker is grabbing four rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won six of their last eight home games.
The Musketeers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Bulldogs are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Musketeers last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Bulldogs last 6 Wednesday games. The favorite is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Xavier Musketeers are capable of getting the job done here, but they've been an inconsistent bunch for most of the season and haven't exactly fulfilled expectations up to this point. The Butler Bulldogs win at home by an average of 14.1 points and shoot 47.8 percent from the field. Because Butler has been a tough out at home, I'll lay the reasonable chalk.