Butler Bulldogs vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 12/18/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
The Butler Bulldogs (7-3) are headed to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday where they will take on the Purdue Boilermakers (9-1).
The Butler Bulldogs faced Eastern Illinois and walked away with a win by a score of 66-54 in their last game. Butler wrapped up the game having earned a 43.3% field goal percentage (26 of 60) and knocked down 6 of their 22 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 8 of 10 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 30 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 17 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and getting 7 steals. With regard to the defense, Butler allowed the other team to shoot 42.0% from the floor on 21 out of 50 shooting. Eastern Illinois recorded 15 assists and had 3 steals in the game. Furthermore, Eastern Illinois grabbed 26 rebounds (5 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Eastern Illinois finished the game shooting 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 4 of 6 attempts. They knocked down 8 of their 27 attempts from three-point range. When it comes to fouls, the Bulldogs left the arena with 11 while Eastern Illinois totaled 15 fouls.
Aaron Thompson is a player who was a contributor in the game. He accounted for 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins and also snagged 5 rebounds. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and totaled 10 dimes.
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Butler will enter this contest with a record of 7-3 so far this year. They are averaging 64.9 points per game (307th in D-1) while hitting 43.8% from the floor. The Bulldogs are shooting 36.6% on three-point shots (83 of 227) and 72.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Butler is pulling down 33.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 128 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 226th in college hoops in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 15.2 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Bulldogs have forced 12.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. They relinquish 28.4% on 3-pointers while they are 19th in college basketball in PPG allowed (58.3). The Bulldogs are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.7% (221 of 543) and they surrender 29.9 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 63rd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 104 conceded this season.
The last time they took the court, the Purdue Boilermakers took home the win by a final score of 82-72 when they faced North Carolina State. The Boilermakers pulled down 27 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 36 in the game. They also turned the ball over 14 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. North Carolina State committed 23 personal fouls in this game which got the Boilermakers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.0%. In relation to shots from distance, Purdue made 5 of 21 attempts (23.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Boilermakers went 30 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Boilermakers allowed North Carolina State to convert 26 of 62 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.9% in the matchup. They finished 38.1% from three-point range by shooting 8 out of 21 and ended up going 12 out of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). In reference to how they rebounded, Purdue permitted North Carolina State to snag 27 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Trevion Williams ended up being a major contributor for the Boilermakers in the matchup. He converted 10 of 14 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 71.4%, and added 12 rebounds. He scored 22 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 9 assists in this matchup.
Purdue has a mark of 9-1 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Boilermakers are hitting on 51.5% from the floor, which ranks them 5th in college basketball. Purdue has scored 874 pts so far this year (87.4 per contest) and they pull in 41.8 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 18.0 times per game (14th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per game. The Boilermakers have committed 14.1 fouls per contest while shooting 74.4% from the charity stripe.
The Purdue defense concedes 31.4% on 3-point shots (81 of 258) and opponents are connecting on 73.4% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 12.5 dimes and 27.3 boards per game, which ranks them 185th and 2nd in D-1. The Boilermakers are ranked 131st in D-1 in PPG allowed with 66.1. They are forcing 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.0% from the floor (81st in college basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Purdue and under the total points
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