Butler Bulldogs vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 12/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA
TV: Hulu Live TV
The California Golden Bears (0-10) host the Butler Bulldogs (7-3) at Haas Pavilion on Saturday.
The Butler Bulldogs played Yale and notched a win by a score of 71-61 in their last game. Butler ended the game with a 50.0% FG percentage (25 of 50) and buried 7 out of their 14 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs converted 14 of their 20 shots for a rate of 70.0%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 23 with 2 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 14 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and getting 11 steals. In regard to the defense, Butler allowed their opponent to shoot 41.7% from the floor on 25 out of 60 shooting. Yale doled out 12 dimes and had 4 steals for the game. Additionally, Yale grabbed 32 rebounds (8 offensive, 24 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Yale finished shooting 100.0% when shooting free throws by converting 5 of their 5 shots. They buried 6 out of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc. In reference to fouls, the Bulldogs ended up finishing with 12 and Yale recorded 17 fouls.
Manny Bates is a guy who was important in this contest. He left the arena with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 minutes and also snagged 7 rebounds. He shot 60.0% from the floor and dished out 2 assists.
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Butler heads into this game with a record of 7-3 for the year. They average 74.3 points per game (152nd in Division 1) on 49.7% from the floor. The Bulldogs are connecting on 37.1% on three-point shots (76 of 205) and 73.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Butler is pulling in 32.6 boards per contest and has accounted for 146 assists for the season, which ranks 65th in D-1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 12.1 fouls per game.
On defense, the Bulldogs have forced 14.2 turnovers every game while drawing 14.6 personal fouls. They are giving up 30.9% on three-point shots and they rank 73rd in D-1 in points per game allowed (63.8). The Bulldogs defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.9% (255 of 595) and they surrender 32.1 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 261st in Division 1 in giving up assists with 126 relinquished for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the California Golden Bears went home defeated by a final of 50-48 against Eastern Washington. In relation to rebounds, California allowed Eastern Washington to snag 31 in all (5 on the offensive glass). They finished 21.7% from three-point range by going 5 of 23 and ended up going 5 out of 9 at the charity stripe (55.6%). The Golden Bears permitted Eastern Washington to make 20 out of their 52 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.5% in this game. In all, the Golden Bears shot 17 for 44 from the field which had them shooting 38.6%. In terms of shooting from downtown, California made 2 out of their 15 tries (13.3%). They were able to make 12 of those for a rate of 66.7%. Eastern Washington was called for 19 personal fouls in the game which got the Golden Bears to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while recording 9 steals for the contest. The Golden Bears were able to pull down 26 defensive rebounds and 2 offensive boards totaling 28 in the matchup.
Lars Thiemann pitched in for the Golden Bears for the matchup. He converted 6 out of 11 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and accounted for 6 rebounds. He tallied 16 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes.
California has a win-loss record of 0-10 for the season. The Golden Bears commit 17.5 fouls every game while shooting 76.1% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 9.2 times per game (356th in Division 1) and they lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per contest. California has tallied 576 pts on the year (57.6 per game) and they pull in 32.2 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Golden Bears are shooting 39.4% from the field, which is ranked 342nd in the nation.
The California defense surrenders 32.1% on shots from 3-point land (61 of 190) and opponents are connecting on 73.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 11.8 assists and 33.4 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 135th and 137th in those categories. The Golden Bears defensively are ranked 110th in college basketball in points given up per game with 65.8. They have forced 10.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the field (210th in D-1).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Butler
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