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Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH
When: Sunday, January 13, 12:00 PM. ET.
The Xavier Musketeers will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Butler Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
Bulldogs Trying To Bounce Back From Latest Loss
The Bulldogs lost a one-point game to the Seton Hall Pirates in their last game and will be trying to get over the emotional loss with a win over the Musketeers, which will give them their second win in their last three games.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 11, 2019
Butler has been solid on the offensive end this season, averaging 73.5 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
Kamar Baldwin leads the way for the Bulldogs with 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. Paul Jorgensen is averaging 13 points and 3.6 assists per game, while Sean McDermott is averaging 10.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs have also played well defensively, holding opponents to 66.8 points per game. They gave up 76 points in their last game and will need to play better to beat the Musketeers on Sunday.
Musketeers Going For Fourth Win In Six Games
The Musketeers managed to snap their two-game losing streak with a win over Georgetown in their last game. They will be trying to pick up their second win in a row and fourth win in their last six games when they face the Bulldogs on Sunday. They will also be trying to extend their winning streak against the Bulldogs to five consecutive games.
— Xavier Basketball (@XavierMBB) January 11, 2019
Xavier has played well offensively this season, averaging 74 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.
Naji Marshall leads the Musketeers with 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Paul Scruggs is averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Zach Hankins is averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
The Musketeers haven’t played as well on the defensive end, giving up 70.9 points per game. They gave up 75 points to the Hoyas in their last game and will need a better performance to beat Butler on Sunday afternoon.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
- 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- 3-8-3 ATS in their last 14 home games.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Musketeers have struggled against the spread, losing six of their last seven games after an ATS win and five of their last eight games. The Bulldogs have fared better against the spread and have won their last four Sunday games.
Prediction: Butler Bulldogs
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bulldogs have played under the total in four of their last five road games as well as five of their last six games after an ATS win. The Musketeers have played under the total in their last four home games against teams with winning road records and in 10 of their last 13 games.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bulldogs will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Musketeers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 37 points per game while the Musketeers average 34 points per game.
Prediction: Butler Bulldogs
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bulldogs and Musketeers are averaging 71 combined points in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current offensive pace.