Xavier at Butler - 1/7/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Xavier at Butler - 1/7/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Grace Hollars/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK

Butler Bulldogs (8-5) vs Xavier Musketeers (11-2)

Game Info: Friday, January 7, 2022 at 8:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Butler Bulldogs +5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Xavier Musketeers will travel to play the Butler Bulldogs in a Big East game on Friday night.

The Xavier Musketeers are 11-2 (1-1) this season and have won seven of their last eight games. Xavier is coming off of a loss to Villanova by a score of 71-58 in their last game. After leading by 8 points at halftime, Xavier only scored 20 points in the second half and watched as Villanova stormed back for the win. Dwon Odom led the Musketeers with 13 points and 2 assists in the loss. Xavier is averaging 75.5 points per game and is giving up 62 points per game against, while also averaging 40.9 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Nate Johnson is averaging 13.2 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game, while Jack Nunge is averaging 12.5 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Musketeers. Xavier is shooting 45.2% on field goals, 71.1% on free throws, and 33.9% on three pointers.

The Butler Bulldogs are 8-5 (1-1) this season and have lost two of their last three games. Butler lost to Seton Hall in their last game by a score of 71-56. Butler turned the ball over 13 times in the game and allowed their opponent to make 18 free throws. Bryce Golden led the Bulldogs with 19 points and 4 rebounds in the loss. Butler is averaging 62.8 points per game and is giving up 60.8 points per game against, while also averaging 32 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Chuck Harris is averaging 10.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Jayden Taylor is averaging 10.5 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Butler is shooting 42.7% on field goals, 68.9% on free throws, and 33.3% on three pointers.

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Xavier is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The over is 5-2 in Xavier’s last 7 games as a road favorite. Butler is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The under is 4-0 in Butler’s last 4 games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Xavier has started the season playing great basketball but will be tested on the road in this game. Butler likes to slow the pace down, but will have trouble slowing down a Xavier team that averages over 75 points per game. Xavier also has a huge rebounding advantage in this game. I am taking Xavier on the road.

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