15* CBB Thursday Undervalued Underdog on Butler +2.5
Butler vs. Saint Louis,
01/31/2013 21:00 EDT,
Score: 58 - 75
Point Spread: +2½/-105 Butler
Any time the Butler Bulldogs are catching points, it's certainly worth a look. That's the case here tonight as the ninth-ranked Bulldogs are a 2.5-point dog to the Saint Louis Billikens.
Butler is 17-3 this season with its only losses coming to Xavier, Illinois and La Salle. It has won 14 of its last 15 games overall with its only loss coming to a single point (53-54) at La Salle on January 23rd. That was actually a decent loss and one that will keep this team grounded going forward.
Somehow, Butler remains one of the most underrated teams in the country. That's evident by the fact that it is a perfect 6-0 ATS in its last 6 games overall, and a sensational 13-5 ATS in all games this season. Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke (16.7 PPG) just recently returned from injury in an 83-71 win over Temple last game, which only helps the Bulldogs even more going forward.
Saint Louis is a quality team, but with five losses on the season, it is no match for Butler in this one. It has recent losses to Temple (54-64) and Rhode Island (80-82), and it is clearly getting too much respect from oddsmakers as a 2.5-point home favorite here.
Brad Stevens is 29-14 ATS as an underdog as the coach of Butler. In fact, the Bulldogs are a dominant 7-1 as an underdog this season. As stated before, this team is always worth a look when they are catching points.
Butler is 8-0 ATS versus very good teams - outscoring their opponents by 8+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons. The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Butler is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games. Butler is 6-0 ATS in its last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. These five trends combine for a perfect 31-0 system backing the Bulldogs. Bet Butler Thursday.