3* Oddsmakers Error on Butler -
Saint Louis vs. Butler,
02/22/2013 19:00 EDT,
Score: 65 - 61
Point Spread: -2½/-110 Butler
The Butler Bulldogs are 13-1 at home and in second place in the Atlantic 10 conference. They have all the motivation they need when they face the team that is first in the conference, Saint Louis. Butler plays well against teams that are not very physical like the Billikens. St Louis does not average many fouls and they are not good at rebounding which are both key indicators of a team that does not play physical basketball. Butler is 10-2 ATS against teams who are called for 17 or less fouls per game this season.
St Louis is a poor rebounding team averaging 32 total boards per game with only 7 coming on the offensive end. Offensive rebounds are one of the most important statistics in college basketball because points off of second chance attempts are usually some of the easiest points scored in a game. Butler averages 37 rebounds and 10 of those are on the offensive end so they have a big advantage over St Louis.
This is a revenge game for Butler. The Bulldogs lost back on January 31st in a game that was not very close. That poor performance has created a lot of value on the line in today’s match up. Butler was working through some injury issues back then, but they are healthy now and ready to get their revenge against the Billikens.