The only ranked college basketball program in action on Friday night is the No. 22 Xavier Musketeers, who battle the Butler Bulldogs at 8:30 p.m. ET. Butler is 8-5 overall and 6-2 at home, while the Musketeers are 11-2 overall but lost their last game on the road against Villanova. That matchup against the Wildcats was just Xavier’s second away game of the season. The Musketeers won last year’s meeting between the two programs and lead the all-time rivalry, 42-23.
Xavier is favored by 6.5 points in the latest Butler vs. Xavier odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 131. Before entering any Xavier vs. Butler picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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- Butler vs. Xavier spread: Butler +6.5
- Butler vs. Xavier over-under: 131 points
Featured Game | Butler Bulldogs vs. Xavier Musketeers
What you need to know about Butler
Butler just couldn’t get things going in the right direction in its game against Seton Hall on Tuesday, losing 71-56. A silver lining for Butler was the play of forward Bryce Golden, who had 19 points. Golden has been the second-best player for the team this season, and averages 9.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Jayden Taylor has been the Bulldogs’ top scorer, and puts up 10.5 points per contest.
Outside of a poor showing against the Pirates, Butler has done a good job limiting opponents’ offensive production. The Bulldogs have held others to just 60.8 points per game, but Butler only averages 62.8 points on offense. Although they have played just two Big East games this season, the Bulldogs are off to a quick start defensively and leads the league in steals, averaging nine per game.
What you need to know about Xavier
Xavier struggled to put anything together against Villanova two weeks ago, and lost 71-58 on the road. Guard Paul Scruggs has been one of the Musketeers’ top players all season, but finished with just six points on 2-for-10 shooting in his 28 minutes on the court. Dwon Odom has emerged as an effective player for Xavier over the last two games, however, and scored 13 points off the bench. Against Marquette on December 18, he had a season-high 19 points in a 80-71 victory.
Xavier has been one the nation’s top rim-protecting teams on defense, and average 5.1 blocks per game. Jack Nunge and Dieonte Miles lead Xavier on that front, and average 1.5 and 1.3 blocks, respectively. The Musketeers have also been a strong rebounding side, averaging 40.9 per contest.
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