World news – Xavier vs. Butler Odds, Lines and Spread

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Jan 29, 2021 7:32 p.m. PST

The Butler Bulldogs (5-8, 4-6 Big East), up to eight fellows, will be the Xavier Musketeers (10-2, 3-2 Big East) on Saturday, January 30th in Indianapolis. The tip will be placed at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler turned just 5 out of 20 layups against the Huskies on Tuesday and took a two-game winning streak in the 12-point loss.

In meanwhile, Xavier hasn’t played since January 10th. The current route is the second extended COVID break for Travis Steele’s team. What will the Musketeers look like on Friday?

We are 12 games in Xavier’s season and it is incredibly difficult to assess the Musketeers. They were really good, as shown by a 99:77 win against Oklahoma, and very bad, like they were on the wrong end of an 85:68 home defeat to Seton Hall.

After last postponement this week due to COVID -Problems with the Georgetown program, Steele’s team is now making the short trip from Cincy to Indy. The Musketeers will try to give the Bulldogs one defeat in three games.

#Xavier opens the 2nd half with an abundance of TRIPLES to this game against Oklahoma 99-77 @ the1paulscruggs @zachfreemantle @WLWT #LetsGoX pic. twitter.com/bkVm8RS2O0

Butler’s 2020-21 version just isn’t the same one we’ve gotten used to over the past 15 years. The mid-major power dates back to the 2005-06 season and has won at least 20 games in each season, with the exception of two. This includes consecutive national championship games in the 2010/11 season. The LaVall Jordan squad is currently set to finish at 9-13 by KenPom – a far cry from the highs this program has had in recent times.

The Musketeers enter Hinkle on Friday as the fifth-rated team in the Big East of KenPom in 51st place, just behind Villanova, Creighton, UConn and Seton Hall. That’s two slots above where Xavier landed in the preseason leaderboard. An important reason for this was the game of sophomore Zach Freemantle, who leads the team with 15.8 points per game – good for eighth place in the conference. He’s second on the team and fifth in the Great East on rebound with 7.9 rebounds per game.

Zach Freemantle has a little Tyler Hansbrough to his game. Hard as hell, just go for you, don’t back off, bounce off at a high level.

It seems that Steele is on his way to his first trip to the NCAA tournament since leaving after the 2017 / 18 Chris Mack has taken over. Together with KenPom’s rating, the Musketeers are 35th in the NCAA NET rating.

The question between rest and rust is answered early, but it seems that they are a better unit than the home team on Friday.

Butler is just not as good as it was in years past. The Bulldogs were slated to finish eighth in the Big East preseason poll and are currently ninth in KenPom’s conference ratings, just ahead of DePaul and Georgetown – two teams hard hit by the pandemic.

The Bulldogs ranked finished fifth in the league’s final year and went 22-9 and 10-8 in the Big East game. The team is anchored by a trio of seniors, including security guard Aaron Thompson. Thompson averages 12.5 points per competition and a four point team supports a game.

He’s not the best player in the conference, but there is no more important or valuable player on his team than # 2. Aaron Thompson is a tough basketball player! #Service

The Maryland-born 6-foot-2-American missed three weeks of action earlier this season and has become a real differentiator – especially on Butler’s home – as he became one of the team leaders. Butler’s home record for the last two seasons when Thompson played is 16-2. If he doesn’t, the Bulldogs are 2-3.

As mentioned above, Xavier has lost three straight to Butler. But if the Bulldogs don’t make rabbits, the Musketeers should have a slight edge.

In addition, shortly before the game against the Huskies on Tuesday, it was announced that the Bulldogs had the reserve newcomer JaKobe Coles with a meniscus tear in his left knee had lost. The 6-foot-7 native from Dallas is headed for the season.

Sophomore Markeese Hastings, who has been on vacation since Jan. 16, has also decided to end the rest of the season due to COVID-19 concerns .

While Hastings didn’t make a huge contribution, the loss of Coles is hard to swallow. He is the second striker in Butler’s touted recruiting class to go down. Scooby Johnson was lost to a cruciate ligament before the start of the season. Butler’s lack of depth now becomes an even bigger factor.

While Butler is unlikely to shoot as badly as he did against UConn (only 35% off the field), Xavier is hungry to get back on track with a win. That’s why I love the musketeers in this place.

Blair Johnson is a seasoned journalist and sports content developer. He has written and produced content for as long as he can remember, with names such as CNN, NFL Media and Yahoo! Blair currently lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area.

Blair Johnson is a seasoned journalist and sports content developer. He has written and produced content for as long as he can remember, with names such as CNN, NFL Media and Yahoo! Blair currently lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area.

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