Big East foes will clash when the No. 19 Butler Bulldogs (18-6, 6-5 Big East) meet the Xavier Musketeers (16-8, 5-6 Big East) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Xavier Musketeers vs. Butler Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Musketeers beat the Providence Friars in their last game, 64-58. Tyrique Jones was Xavier’s leading scorer with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Xavier dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.200 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 16.7). For those same stats, Providence was 0.105 and 17.6, respectively.
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they were defeated by the Marquette Golden Eagles, 76-57. Kamar Baldwin was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Marquette did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (21-28; 75.0 percent). Butler, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (13.6 vs. 15.9).
Butler could dominate on defense as they battle against one of the worst offenses in the NCAA. The Bulldogs rank 22nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.446), while Xavier is 254th in effective field goal percentage (0.485).
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Musketeers, it’s been Jones, who has averaged 15 rebounds,13.0 points,1.8 blocks, while the Bulldogs have gotten solid contributions from Baldwin (19 points,5.2 rebounds,4.0 assists).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after splitting two games last season. The Bulldogs won the most recent contest 71-66. The Bulldogs’ 12.8 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Musketeers, who had a rate of 19.0.
Xavier Musketeers vs. Butler Bulldogs Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Butler, ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Over
Xavier ranks 179th in three pointers attempted per game (21.2) while Butler ranks 239th (19.1).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 2.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Butler has defeated opponents by an average of 7.7 points.
During their last five games, the Musketeers have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (0.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.0 points per game (1.1 above their season average).