Against the Spread Pick
The Xavier Musketeers have won three games in a row heading into Wednesday’s road date with the Butler Bulldogs. Thanks in large part to Tyrique Jones, Xavier has reeled off consecutive victories over Seton Hall, DePaul, and Providence. Jones has reached double-figures in 12 consecutive contests and he has led his team in rebounds in each of the past six. The Bulldogs are struggling at the moment, with a 3-5 record in their last eight games. Home has not been overly kind, as they have suffered recent losses to Providence and Seton Hall in their own building while going to overtime with Marquette. The Bulldogs are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight overall, 0-3-1 ATS in their last four at home, 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight against opponents with winning records, and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five following a loss. XAVIER should be getting enough points to cover.
Over Under Pick
Butler is shooting 73.4 percent from the free-throw line and turning the ball over just 11.4 times per outing. Three different Xavier players are averaging at least 13.3 ppg (Jones, Naji Marshall, and Paul Scruggs). The over is 3-0-1 in the Musketeers’ last four against opponents with winning records. It is also 3-0-1 in the Bulldogs’ last four against opponents with winning records, 10-1 in their last 11 at home against opponents with winning road records, and 4-0 in their last four following a loss. Take the OVER.