Xavier Musketeers vs Butler Bulldogs Predictions, Free College Basketball Picks, Tips 2/12/2020
Game: Xavier Musketeers vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Butler -4.5
The Xavier Musketeers head to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The opening line for this game has Butler as 4.5 point favorites.
Xavier heads into this matchup with a mark of 16-8. They currently have a point differential of 4.5 as they are averaging 71.3 points per contest while giving up 66.9 per game. Butler has an overall record of 18-6. They are averaging 68.9 points per game and surrendering 61.2, good for a point differential of 7.7.
Valuable Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 8-14-2 against the spread this season
The Xavier Musketeers are 9-14-1 against the over/under this year
Important Butler Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Butler Bulldogs are 12-10-2 against the spread this season
The Butler Bulldogs are 10-14-0 against the over/under this year
Key Xavier Musketeers Injuries
02/07/20 F Dieonte Miles Knee is out indefinitely
01/09/20 G Dahmir Bishop Left Team is out for season
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
Naji Marshall comes into this game averaging 16.0 points per contest while playing 34.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is 70%. Tyrique Jones averages 13.5 points per contest in 27.1 minutes per game. He averages 1.5 assists per game and 11.1 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 54% for the season while his free throw percentage is 59%.
Kamar Baldwin scores 16.3 points per contest while playing 31.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.5 rebounds per contest and has 3.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 87%. Sean McDermott averages 11.8 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.0 rebounds per game and has 0.8 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Xavier averages 71.3 points per contest, which is 175th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 4.5 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 208th. From 3-point territory they shoot 31%, which is good for 300th in the nation. They average 40.0 boards per contest and 14.5 assists per game, which ranks them 18th and 74th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 147th with 13.6 per game. The Musketeers allow 66.9 points per contest, which is 110th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 40% shooting percentage and a 29% average from 3-point range, ranking them 42nd and 19th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 35.6 rebounds a game which ranks 216th, and they allow 11.7 assists per game which puts them in 109th place in the country. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 156th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Butler is 250th in the nation with 68.9 points per contest this season. They are 48th in the country in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.7. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 132nd in the NCAA. They are 198th in D-1 in rebounding with 35.1 boards per contest and 206th in assists per game with 12.8. The Bulldogs are 320th in turnovers per contest with 11.4. The Bulldogs give up 61.2 points per game, which ranks them 15th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 38% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 19th and 91st in those defensive statistics. They rank 72nd with 11.2 dimes allowed per game and 14th with 30.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Bulldogs are 40th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 11.8 per contest this year.
The Musketeers are 204th in the nation in offensive rating with 100.2. In terms of pace they are 188th in the country with 69.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 251st. As a team they are 272nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 239th in Division 1. Xavier is 190th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.4 times per 100 possessions.
Butler is 255th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.5 times per 100 possessions. The Bulldogs are 99th in the country in offensive rating with 105.4. In terms of pace they are 339th in Division 1 with 65 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 67th. As a team they are 65th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 227th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Xavier/Butler college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Xavier +4.5
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