Western Michigan Broncos vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+19)
The Western Michigan Broncos (13-19 last season) go to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they'll meet the Butler Bulldogs (22-9 last year). Butler opens this contest as 19-point favorites. The total is set at 134.5.
The Western Michigan Broncos stepped onto the hardwood against the Toledo Rockets and went home with a loss by a final score of 76-73 in their last game of the season. Western Michigan ended the contest with a 43.8% FG percentage (28 of 64) and knocked down 6 out of their 20 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Broncos knocked down 11 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 78.6%. In terms of grabbing boards, they earned 38 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 10 assists in this contest in addition to having 4 steals and 6 rejections. When talking about defending, Western Michigan allowed 43.8% from the field by hitting 28 out of 64. Toledo recorded 16 assists and 6 steals for the game. On top of that, the Rockets collected 35 boards (13 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 6 blocks. Toledo ended up going 75.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of 12 shots. They also converted 9 out of their 22 tries from distance. Michael Flowers is a guy who saw a lot of action for the game. He finished with 35 points on 13 of 22 shooting. He played 38 mins and collected 2 rebounds. Flowers finished shooting 59.1% from the field and also earned 3 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this matchup for the Broncos was Brandon Johnson. He grabbed 7 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor for this game by hitting 7-of-14 (19 points). Overall, Johnson saw the court for 36 min.
Western Michigan will enter this matchup after finishing with a record of 13-19 last year. They had an average of 69.4 points per outing (232nd in the nation) while going 42.8% from the field. The Broncos hit on 33.7% on 3-point shots (228 of 676) and 71.5% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team Western Michigan pulled in 35.0 boards per contest and had 356 dimes last season, which was 297th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They lost possession via turnover 13.0 times per game and as a team committed 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense the Broncos were able to force their opponents into 11.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.2 fouls. The Broncos allowed a shooting percentage of 43.3% (833 of 1,923) and they relinquished 36.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They were ranked 170th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 391 surrendered throughout last year. They gave up 33.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they were 254th in college hoops in PPG allowed (72.1).
For their last game, the Butler Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 72-71 when they faced the Xavier Musketeers. The Bulldogs were able to corral 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in the game. They also rejected 2 attempts while recording 7 steals for the game. The Musketeers were called for 13 personal fouls for the game which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to make 10 of the free throw tries for a clip of 71.4%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, Butler buried 8 out of 14 tries (57.1%). When all was said and done, the Bulldogs went 27 for 55 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.1%. The Bulldogs allowed the Musketeers to convert 25 of 57 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 43.9% for the game. They shot 26.1% from distance by going 6 of 23 and ended up shooting 15 out of 25 from the free throw line (60.0%). When talking about how they rebounded, Butler allowed Xavier to collect 31 in all (13 on the offensive glass). Aaron Thompson ended up playing a lot for the Bulldogs in this matchup. He made 5 out of 9 for the matchup giving him a rate of 55.6%, which had him sitting at 12 points. Thompson grabbed 2 boards in his 38 mins and tallied 2 assists for the game. Someone else that played a role for Butler was Kamar Baldwin. He scored 36 points in his 34 minutes on the court by way of 13 out of 25 shooting for this contest. Baldwin ended up shooting 52.0% from the floor in addition to contributing 3 assists and 6 boards.
Butler had a record of 22-9 last year. Butler tallied 2,125 pts last season (68.5 per contest) and they snagged 34.8 rebounds per contest. As an offense the Bulldogs hit 46.0% from the floor, which was ranked 55th in college basketball. The Bulldogs were responsible for committing 16.7 personal fouls per contest and they shot 72.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 12.7 times per contest (209th in college hoops) and they turned it over 11.3 times per game. The Bulldogs on defense were ranked 12th in the nation in PPG allowed with 62.1. They were able to force 11.6 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 39.5% from the floor (22nd in college basketball). The Butler perimeter defense conceded 33.0% on 3-pointers (212 of 642) and their opponents converted on 71.9% of their free throw shots. They conceded 11.3 assists and 30.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which was ranked 70th and 15th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Butler (-19)
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