Betting on today's Musketeers and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on CBSS. The over/under for this game is set at 156 points, and Butler is favored by -2.5 vs. Xavier in a Big East conference matchup.


The Pick: Butler Bulldogs -2.5

This game will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, March 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Butler pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Musketeers Have What it Takes in Indianapolis?

After picking up a 98-93 win over Georgetown, Xavier will look to extend their two-game winning streak. So far this season, the Musketeers have gone 15-14, including a 9-9 mark in Big East play. On the road, they are 4-8, compared to 11-6 at home. For the year, their average scoring margin is -4.7 points per game.

As the underdog, Xavier has gone just 2-10 this season, while they are 13-4 when favored. So far, they have been the underdog in 12 of their 29 games. Over their last 10 games on the road, the Musketeers are 4-6, and they are 2-3 over their last five.

As the underdog, Xavier has an ATS record of just 6-5-1 this season. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Musketeers are just 4-5-1 vs. the spread. On the road, Xavier's ATS mark is 6-6 this year and over their last 10 road games, they are just 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Xavier games is 15-14. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 150.5 points, which is similar to the average OU line of 149.8. Today's OU line of 156 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 163 points.

Xavier's offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 98 points against Georgetown. They had an overall field goal percentage of 54.5% and made 34/46 free throws. Desmond Claude was the leading scorer for the Musketeers, putting up 36 points. In addition, Dayvion McKnight contributed 18 points.

Coming into today's game, the Xavier defense is giving up an average of 73.9 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Xavier defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Georgetown knocked down 13 three-pointers on their way to 93 points.

Will the Bulldogs Live Up to Expectations at Home?

Butler enters this game with a record of 17-13 and a 8-11 record in Big East play. They are 11-6 at home this season, but they have lost their last three games at home. On the year, they have been favored in 15 games, going 13-2 in those matchups.

Most recently, Butler defeated DePaul by a score of 82-63. Over their last 10 games at home, the Bulldogs have gone 5-5. So far, they have gone 9-2 in non-conference games, compared to 8-11 in Big East play.

Butler has not been great against the spread this season, going just 13-16. Their ATS mark at home is just 7-10 and they have gone just 1-8 in their last 9 home games vs. the spread. As the favorite, the Bulldogs are just 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. the spread.

Butler's over/under record for the season sits at 14-15 and their games have averaged 151 points. Today's over/under line of 156 is higher than the average OU line in their games (145.8). Their last three games have had an average of 141 points.

Butler's offense had a good outing, putting up 82 points against DePaul. They achieved a 50% field goal percentage and went 4/4 from the free-throw line. Pierre Brooks is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 14.8. Meanwhile, DJ Davis also brings a PPG average of 13.7 into the game.

Coming into today's game, the Butler defense is giving up an average of 73.9 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Butler's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.9% this season.