UConn Huskies vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 12/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UConn Huskies vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Butler Bulldogs (8-3) are welcoming the UConn Huskies (11-0) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The UConn Huskies stepped onto the hardwood against LIU Brooklyn and notched a win by a score of 114-61 in their last game. In reference to fouls, the Huskies finished with 17 and LIU Brooklyn finished the game with 12 fouls. They knocked down 2 out of their 9 attempts from long range. LIU Brooklyn finished the game shooting 62.5% from the free throw line by converting 15 of their 24 tries. In addition, LIU Brooklyn snagged 18 rebounds (4 offensive, 14 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. LIU Brooklyn earned 5 assists and had 4 steals for the game. With regard to defending, UConn allowed their opponent to shoot 42.3% from the floor on 22 of 52 shooting. They also dished out 29 dimes for the contest in addition to creating 21 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In relation to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 38 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Huskies made 10 of their 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. UConn finished with a 62.5% field goal percentage (45 of 72) and converted 14 out of their 32 three-point attempts.
Jordan Hawkins is someone who played a role for the matchup. He was able to score 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 23 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. He finished the game at 63.6% from the floor and totaled 2 assists.
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UConn heads into this one with a record of 11-0 for the year. They turn it over 13.1 times per game and as a team are committing 18.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, UConn is pulling down 39.6 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 207 dimes so far this season, which ranks 8th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Huskies are shooting 37.6% on shots from downtown (105 of 279) and 74.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 85.0 points per game (13th in Division 1) while going 49.5% from the field.
On defense, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 16.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 6th in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 80 surrendered so far this season. The Huskies are allowing a field goal percentage of 38.1% (219 of 575) and they relinquish 28.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They concede 27.5% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 13th in D-1 in PPG allowed (58.5).
In their last game, the Butler Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 82-58 when they played California. When it comes to rebounding, Butler allowed California to snag 28 in total (8 offensive). They shot 14.3% from three-point range by going 3 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 13 at the free throw line (84.6%). The Bulldogs allowed California to bury 22 of their 63 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 34.9% for the game. Overall, the Bulldogs shot 32 for 58 from the field which had them shooting 55.2%. When discussing 3-point shots, Butler converted 7 of 22 attempts (31.8%). They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 78.6%. California committed 14 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 14 tries. They coughed up the ball 9 times, while getting 3 steals for the matchup. The Bulldogs earned 30 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the game.
Simas Lukosius ended up being a major contributor for the Bulldogs for the game. He made 6 out of 11 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and had 4 rebounds. He earned 16 points in his 39 mins on the court and added 5 assists in this matchup.
Butler has a win-loss record of 8-3 for the season. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 12.2 fouls every game while shooting 73.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.6 times per contest (113th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 12.6 times per contest. Butler has earned 825 points this season (75.0 per contest) and they collect 32.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Bulldogs are connecting on 50.2% from the field, which is 12th in D-1.
The Bulldogs on defense are ranked 60th in the nation in PPG given up with 63.3. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the field (154th in college basketball). The Butler defense gives up 29.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (62 of 212) and their opponents are knocking down 70.2% of their free throw shots. They surrender 12.0 assists and 32.0 rebounds every game, which ranks 153rd and 69th in Division 1.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Butler
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