Butler at Xavier: 3/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Butler at Xavier: 3/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Musketeers (18-12) vs Butler Bulldogs (13-18)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 4:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Xavier Musketeers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Butler Bulldogs will play the Xavier Musketeers in this college basketball matchup scheduled for Wednesday Night in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

The Butler Bulldogs are coming off of a 19 point loss against Villanova in their last time out. Chuck Harris led Butler with 19 points. Bo Hodges had 12 points and six rebounds. Butler's Bryce Nze had a team-high nine rebounds but was slowed by four fouls in the loss.

The Butler Bulldogs are led in scoring by Chuck Harris who averages 10.7 points and 2.9 rebounds for this team. Bryce Golden averages 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds a night. Bryce Golden is the third leading scorer for the Bulldogs as he averages 8.5 points a game for this team.

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The Bulldogs are averaging 63.1 points per game on 41.8% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 66.5 points per game. They are shooting 69.5% from the free throw line. 

The Xavier Musketeers are coming off of a 23 point win against Georgetown in their last time out. Nate Johnson had 25 points to lead the Musketeers. Jack Nunge had 16 points and nine rebounds for Xavier, which broke its five-game losing streak. Colby Jones added 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Adam Kunkel had 12 points and eight assists in the win.

The Xavier Musketeers are led in scoring by Jack Nunge who averages 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for this team. Paul Scruggs averages 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds a game for this team. Colby Jones is the third leading scorer for the Musketeers as he averages 11 points a game for this team.

The Musketeers are averaging 73.7 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 68.6 points per game. They are shooting 71.3% from the free throw line.

The Musketeers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. Although the Bulldogs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, they are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games as an underdog. The Musketeers are just the better team and should win and cover to begin this tournament.

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Clayton’s Pick Xavier -7.5

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