Butler Bulldogs vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 11/22/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs Houston Cougars
Date: Monday, November 22, 2021
Location: Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV
The Butler Bulldogs (3-1) are en route to Michelob Ultra Arena on Monday where they will take on the Houston Cougars (3-0).
The Butler Bulldogs took the court against Michigan State and went home with a loss by a final score of 73-52 in their last contest. In reference to personal fouls, the Bulldogs ended up finishing with 25 while Michigan State finished the game with 20 personal fouls. They made 8 of 24 attempts from distance. Michigan State walked away from this one shooting 79.2% at the free throw line by making 19 of their 24 attempts. In addition, Michigan State grabbed 39 rebounds (10 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Michigan State recorded 12 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. Concerning defense, Butler allowed the other team to shoot 46.9% from the field on 23 out of 49 shooting. They also recorded 8 assists for this game in addition to forcing the other team into 20 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to grabbing boards, they collected 22 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 11 of their 18 tries for a percentage of 61.1%. Butler finished the game with a 28.6% FG percentage (16 of 56) and made 9 out of their 30 three-point attempts.
Ty Groce is a guy who played a role in this matchup. He scored 15 points on 4 out of 13 shooting. He played 26 mins and also snagged 8 rebounds. He ended up going 30.8% from the floor and also totaled 1 assist.
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Butler will play this game with a mark of 3-1 this season. They are averaging 65.8 points per outing (280th in college basketball) while shooting 42.8% from the field. The Bulldogs are hitting 37.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (38 of 102) and 71.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Butler is collecting 33.8 boards per game and has racked up 52 assists this year, which has them ranked 82nd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.0 fouls per game.
When they are on defense, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They are 177th in the country in giving up assists with 36 relinquished so far this year. The Bulldogs defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.9% (85 of 213) and they relinquish 28.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 25.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 50th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (58.0).
In their last game, the Houston Cougars got the victory with a final of 67-47 when they played Virginia. Concerning attacking the glass, Houston permitted Virginia to pull down 24 in total (5 offensive). They went 21.1% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 4 of 19 and finished the game at 13 of 21 at the charity stripe (61.9%). The Cougars allowed Virginia to knock down 15 of 43 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 34.9% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Cougars finished shooting 24 for 49 from the field which had them at 49.0%. In reference to 3-point shots, Houston buried 11 out of 20 attempts (55.0%). They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 53.3%. Virginia had 12 fouls in the matchup which took the Cougars to the free throw line for a total of 15 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 12 steals for the game. The Cougars were able to snag 23 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 for this game.
Marcus Sasser ended up being a major contributor for the Cougars for the game. He made 6 of 14 in the game for a rate of 42.9%, and earned 2 rebounds. He tallied 19 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and tallied 4 dimes in the matchup.
Houston has a mark of 3-0 on the year. The Cougars have committed 16.0 personal fouls per game and they hit 62.1% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 15.0 times per contest (123rd in D-1) and they turn it over 9.7 times per game. Houston has accounted for 229 points so far this season (76.3 per contest) and they collect 40.7 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cougars are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 163rd in college basketball.
The Houston defense allows 25.8% on shots from beyond the arc (24 of 93) and their opponents are converting on 68.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 9.3 assists and 37.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 62nd and 248th in the country. The Cougars on the defensive end are ranked 31st in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 56.0. They have forced 16.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 34.7% from the field (29th in Division 1).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston
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