Butler vs Xavier Predictions, College Basketball Parlay Picks 3/7/2020
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Xavier -1.5
The Butler Bulldogs head to Cintas Center to take on the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The opening line for this game has Xavier as 1.5 point favorites.
Butler heads into this matchup with a mark of 21-9. They currently have a point differential of 6.6 as they are averaging 68.4 points per contest while giving up 61.8 per game. Xavier has an overall mark of 19-11. They are averaging 70.8 points per contest and giving up 67.3, which is a point differential of 3.5.
Valuable Butler Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Butler Bulldogs are 15-13-2 against the spread this season
The Butler Bulldogs are 12-18-0 against the over/under this year
Important Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 11-17-2 against the spread this season
The Xavier Musketeers are 12-17-1 against the over/under this year
Key Butler Bulldogs Injuries
11/14/19 G Campbell Donovan ACL is out for season
01/22/20 F Christian David ACL is out for season
Key Xavier Musketeers Injuries
03/04/20 G Paul Scruggs Hamstring is questionable
03/02/20 G Myles Hanson Shoulder is out indefinitely
02/07/20 F Dieonte Miles Knee is out indefinitely
01/09/20 G Dahmir Bishop Left Team is out for season
Kamar Baldwin comes into this game averaging 15.6 points per contest while playing 31.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 85%. Sean McDermott averages 12.0 points per contest in 32.9 minutes per game. He averages 1.1 assists per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% for the season while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Naji Marshall scores 16.8 points per contest while playing 35.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.3 rebounds per contest and has 3.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 71%. Tyrique Jones averages 13.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 27.9 minutes per game. He also brings in 11.1 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is 60%.
Useful Team Statistics
Butler averages 68.4 points per contest, which is 257th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 6.6 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 59th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 166th in the nation. They average 34.7 boards per contest and 12.9 assists per game, which ranks them 205th and 194th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 323rd with 11.2 per game. The Bulldogs allow 61.8 points per contest, which is 10th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 39% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 23rd and 197th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 30.4 rebounds a game which ranks 14th, and they allow 11.3 assists per game which puts them in 75th place in the country. They force 11.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 48th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Xavier is 192nd in the nation with 70.8 points per contest this season. They are 188th in the country in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 3.5. They shoot 32% from beyond the arc, which is good for 267th in the NCAA. They are 29th in D-1 in rebounding with 39.2 boards per contest and 64th in assists per game with 14.5. The Musketeers are 84th in turnovers per contest with 14.1. The Musketeers give up 67.3 points per game, which ranks them 120th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 40% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 48th and 26th in those defensive statistics. They rank 130th with 12.0 dimes allowed per game and 184th with 35.1 boards surrendered per contest. The Musketeers are 163rd in the nation in forcing turnovers with 13.1 per contest this year.
The Bulldogs have an offensive rating of 105.5, which is ranked 91st. They are 339th in college basketball in pace with 64.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 75th. As a unit they are 85th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 186th in D-1. Butler is 260th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per 100 possessions.
Xavier is 119th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.1 times per 100 possessions. The Musketeers have an offensive rating of 100, which is ranked 207th. They are 175th in D-1 in pace with 69.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 225th. As a unit they are 258th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 242nd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Butler/Xavier college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Butler +1.5
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