The No. 18 Butler Bulldogs (9-0) and the No. 11 Baylor Bears (7-1), who both like to play slow, will square off at Ferrell Center. The game will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
Butler Bulldogs at Baylor Bears Betting Prediction
In the Bulldogs’ last matchup, they defeated the Florida Gators, 76-62. The Bulldogs had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.615 (above their season average of 0.556) and had a free throw rate of 0.354 (above their season average of 0.193). Butler rallied around Aaron Thompson, who recorded 16 points and seven assists.
The Bears beat the No. 12 Arizona Wildcats in their last outing, 63-58. The Bears had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.1 vs. 27.0) and held the Wildcats to an effective field goal percentage of 0.288 (below their season average of 0.596). With 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, Freddie Gillespie put together a good game for Baylor.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams square off. Baylor ranks 302nd in possessions per game (66.5) and Butler is 346th (66.2) since last season.
Butler Bulldogs at Baylor Bears ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Butler, O/U – Under
Baylor ranks 74th in rebounds per game (37.7) while Butler ranks 235th (32.1).
The Bears rank 32nd in blocks per game (4.7) while the Bulldogs rank 174th (2.0).
Baylor ranks 100th in three pointers attempted per game (23.7) while Butler ranks 230th (23.8).
The Bulldogs rank 39th in assists allowed per game (12.0) while the Bears rank 134th (12.8).