Planning on watching today’s Bulldogs and Musketeers game? Catch the action at Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH, as the Musketeers hosts this showdown at 6:30 ET on FS1. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 150.5 points, and the Musketeers are favored to win at home against the Bulldogs.

BUTLER BULLDOGS VS XAVIER MUSKETEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Xavier Musketeers -5.5

This game will be played at Cintas Center at 6:30 ET on Tuesday, January 16th.

WHY BET THE XAVIER MUSKETEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Musketeers.
  • Not only will Xavier pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Butler Lock in a Road Win?

Butler heads into this game against Xavier as an underdog, as they have been in seven of their 17 games this season. So far, the Bulldogs have gone just 2-5 in those games.

On the road this season, Butler has gone 2-3, while their average scoring margin is -5.0 points per game. Over their last 10 games on the road, they have gone 3-7.

Butler’s ATS record is currently 8-8 this season, including a 2-3 mark on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bulldogs are 4-6 vs. the spread.

Butler’s over/under record for the season is 9-7 and today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (144.5). So far, 14 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 150 points.

Against Seton Hall, the Butler had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 80.8 points per game. They scored 72 points and posted a field goal percentage of 40.7% in the game. Pierre Brooks is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 16.1. Meanwhile, Jahmyl Telfort also brings a PPG average of 13.9 into the game.

In terms of defense, Butler is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 72.6 points per game. In their most recent game, the Butler defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Seton Hall knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 78 points.

Are the Musketeers Ready for a Home Win?

Through 16 games, Xavier is 8-8 overall and 2-3 in Big East play. At home, the Musketeers are 6-4 compared to 2-4 on the road. This season, they have been favored in nine games, going 6-3.

Coming off an 85-65 win over Providence, Xavier is 3-2 in its last five home games and 6-4 in its last 10. For the year, the Musketeers’ average scoring margin at home is +8.3.

As the favorite, Xavier has gone 5-4 vs. the spread this season and is 6-3-1 at home ATS. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Musketeers have a record of 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Xavier games is 7-9 and the average over/under line in their games is 147.5. So far, 10 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line of 150.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 145 points.

Xavier’s offense had a good outing, putting up 85 points against Providence. They achieved a 50.8% field goal percentage and went 9/12 from the free-throw line. On the offensive front, the Musketeers have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 252nd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 146th in terms of percentage and 251st in three-pointers made.

So far, the Musketeers’ defense is ranked 118th in the country at 69.7 points per contest. So far, the Xavier defense is giving up an average of 10.6 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.9 times per game (558th).