February 26, 2017
There is one pick today.
Take Xavier +2 spread against Butler for 3% of the bankroll.
The Xavier Musketeers come into this contest struggling as they have lost 4 straight after their most recent defeat at the hands of Seton Hall. The Musketeers are a tournament bound team this season, however, given how they are struggling at the moment, they could easily find themselves on the bubble and one of the first four out if they can't find a way to close the season out strong. This matchup will not be easy, but this is likely a must win game for Xavier if they want to secure their spot in the tournament.
The Butler Bulldogs are one of the most consistent teams in the country and come tournament time, is a program that no team wants to play with their season on the line. The Bulldogs are coming off what could be considered their biggest win of the season as they completed the season sweep of the then #2 ranked Villanova, handing the Wildcats a rare loss at home. It was an incredibly gutsy and emotional victory for the Bulldogs and we believe they could be in for a bit of a letdown heading into this contest.
The Musketeers certainly need this victory much more than their opponents and playing in Cincinnati is no easy feat for the road team. Xavier is 12-2 on their home floor this season and should receive an added boost as Musketeers go-to scorer Trevon Bluiett returned last game after missing some time with an ankle injury. Now having a warm-up game under his belt, we expect Bluiett to come out looking to change the fortunes of his team. The crowd should be extremely loud this afternoon and that might provide the added boost Xavier needs to pull off the outright upset. Perception of these two teams are currently skewed given the Bulldogs big win over Villanova, while Xavier's stock is likely the lowest it’s been all season, however with so much on the line for the Musketeers, we expect them to put forth what could arguably be their best performance of the season as they snap their losing skid and come away with a big victory at home over a quality opponent.
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