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Butler Bulldogs vs. Xavier Musketeers – February 26, 2017

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On Sunday afternoon, the Butler Bulldogs will battle it out against the Xavier Musketeers. The Butler Bulldogs come into the game ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press poll. The Bulldogs are coming off a massive upset win on the road at Villanova. On the season, the Bulldogs are 22-6.

For Xavier, they have dropped four straight games, and are in danger of being a bubble team heading into the NCAA Tournament. Chris Mack and his Musketeers have dropped to 18-10 on the season. Xavier is 12-2 at home this season. Butler is a small favorite on the road in this game. The Butler Bulldogs are -2.5 over Xavier on Sunday.

Mack Looking for Answers

Chris Mack and the Xavier Musketeers are looking for answers. The team has dropped four straight games, and have been bleeding. The Musketeers overall have split their last 10 games. Xavier finishes the regular season with Marquette and DePaul, so a winning streak could happen before the Big East tournament.

Right now, Xavier is tied with Marquette for fourth in the league. They trail the Creighton Blue Jays by just a game. Trevon Bluiett has been the top scorer for Xavier, scoring nearly 18 points per game. The team is scoring 74.5 points per game, and allowing 70.8 per game.

Bulldogs Looking to Finish Strong

The Butler Bulldogs went through a stretch where they lost three out of four games. Since then, the Bulldogs have won three straight games. Butler will finish with a home game over the weekend against Seton Hall. The Bulldogs appear to be the #2 seed heading into the Big East tournament.

The top scorer for Butler is Kelan Martin. The forward is scoring just shy of 16 points per game. Butler is scoring 77 points per game, and allowing just shy of 69 per game. Butler will be heading to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in school history. In 14 trips, the Bulldogs have won 21 tournament games.

Butler Wins on the Road

The Butler Bulldogs are coming into this game sky high. The win for the Bulldogs on the road at Villanova was about as good of a win as anyone in the country all season long. You have got to imagine the Bulldogs will be flying high coming into this game. Look for another solid game from Butler against a whimpering Xavier team.

The Musketeers are in big time trouble. While they are still likely going to make the NCAA Tournament, they certainly are not the team they were in December and January. The Butler Bulldogs are going to take advantage of that and win this game. The final bet for this game is the Butler Bulldogs -2.5 over Xavier.