Butler Bulldogs vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 1/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Butler (+6.5)
The Butler Bulldogs (5-7) travel to Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday where they'll meet the Connecticut Huskies (7-3). The line on this game has Connecticut as 6.5-point favorites. The total opens at 124.5.
Butler steps onto the hardwood with a record of 5-7 so far this year. They lose possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 16.5 fouls every game. As a team, Butler is grabbing 33.2 boards per game and has tallied 146 dimes this season, which is 252nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Bulldogs are hitting 34.7% on shots from downtown (86 of 248) and 60.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 63.9 pts per game (315th in Division 1) while hitting 42.6% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Bulldogs are able to force 11.8 turnovers per game and they draw 17.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 189th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 168 conceded for the campaign. The Bulldogs defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.5% (296 of 651) and they surrender 32.5 boards per contest as a squad. They are surrendering 35.5% on 3-pointers and they rank 105th in D-1 in opponents PPG (67.4).
The Butler Bulldogs took the court against the DePaul Blue Demons and walked away with a win by a score of 67-53 in their last game. Butler finished the game with a 50.0% field goal percentage (27 out of 54) and converted 10 out of their 27 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs buried 3 of 7 shots for a percentage of 42.9%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they earned 36 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 16 assists in this contest while earning 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. With regard to defense, Butler allowed 50.0% from the floor on 27 of 54 shooting. DePaul doled out 10 assists and had 9 steals in the game. Moreover, the Blue Demons snagged 29 rebounds (9 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. DePaul ended up shooting 57.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of 19 attempts. They converted 4 of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jair Bolden is one guy who came through for this game. He racked up 21 points on 7 out of 17 shooting. He played 35 minutes played and also snagged 6 rebounds. Bolden finished the game shooting 41.2% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Bulldogs was Myles Tate. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also earned 4 assists. He shot 50.0% from the field in this game by shooting 4-of-8 (10 points). Overall, Tate was on the court for 27 min.
Connecticut has a mark of 7-3 so far this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Huskies are connecting on 42.3% from the floor, which is ranked 271st in the nation. Connecticut has totaled 721 pts on the year (72.1 per game) and they collect 38.7 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.0 times per game (194th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.9 times per game. The Huskies have committed 19.3 personal fouls per game and they go 70.5% from the free throw line. The Huskies on the defensive side of the court are 46th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 64.2. They have surrendered 10.0 dimes and 32.6 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 24th and 74th in those defensive categories. The Connecticut defense concedes 30.3% on three-point shots (54 of 178) and opponents are converting on 67.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 14.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.4% from the floor (145th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Connecticut Huskies took a loss by a final score of 74-66 when they played the Creighton Bluejays. The Huskies snagged 23 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in the game. They also blocked 4 tries while getting 3 steals in this game. The Bluejays committed 17 personal fouls in the game which took the Huskies to the free throw line for 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 86.7%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Connecticut knocked down 7 of their 23 attempts (30.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Huskies ended up going 23 out of 63 from the floor which had them at 36.5%. The Huskies permitted the Bluejays to knock down 24 of 47 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.1% for this contest. They finished 30.0% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 6 of 20 and finished the game at 20 out of 32 at the charity stripe (62.5%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Connecticut permitted Creighton to grab 24 in all (3 on the offensive side).
R.J. Cole ended up having an impact for the Huskies in this matchup. He buried 4 out of 10 for the contest giving him a rate of 40.0%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Cole collected 4 boards in his 38 minutes and tallied 5 assists in this matchup. Another guy who came through for Connecticut was Adama Sanogo. He totaled 13 points in 20 minutes played by way of 5 out of 9 shooting in the matchup. Sanogo ended up shooting 55.6% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Butler (+6.5)
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