Sportsbook.ag College Basketball Odds
INDIANA HOOSIERS (9-0) vs. BUTLER BULLDOGS (7-2)
Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: Indiana -11 & 142.5
Brad Stevens and Butler will get a chance to knock off the nation's No. 1 team as it faces Indiana Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers have lived up to their billing as the country's top team, especially on the offensive end, where they average 89.1 PPG, the most in the nation. The Bulldogs have two losses to their name, but also own an impressive win against then-No. 9 North Carolina. They also have wins versus major conference foes in Marquette and Northwestern. Both teams have done well against the lines too. Indiana is a dominant 6-1 ATS while Butler is an impressive 5-3 against the lines. Tom Crean's Indiana squad has shot ridiculously well to begin the year, hitting 51.5% of their shots, sixth-best in the nation. And it doesn't get any easier for teams on the other end, where they are holding teams to 35.3% shooting, 10th-best in the country. It will be tough to do that against Butler's deep offensive arsenal, however, which has the size and smarts to give a game to the nation's best team. Indiana can't expect to be so lights out all season and a Stevens-coached squad will play any game close.
Preseason All-American Cody Zeller (15.4 PPG on 63% FG, 8.9 RPG) leads the Hoosiers on offense, though he has not been quite as dominant as some expected. He's a terror for defenses though, with his ability to run the floor and man the paint. Victor Oladipo (12.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG) is the team's second-leading scorer, but he is more dangerous for what he can do on the defensive end. With the length to guard post players and the quickness to cover the perimeter, he is averaging 2.6 SPG. Christian Watford (12.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG) joins Zeller in the post while Will Sheehey (12.1 PPG) and Jordan Hulls (11.9 PPG, 4.0 APG) round out the team's five double-digit scorers. Hulls will be key for Butler to shut down as the engine of this prolific offense, along with fellow guard Kevin Ferrell (team-high 4.9 APG) who is less of a scoring threat, but still dangerous with the ball, dishing out 44 assists and just 15 turnovers (2.9 ratio).
Butler 6-foot-11 center Andrew Smith (10.4 PPG) has the size to guard Zeller, but he'll need to step up his defense and rebounding-he's averaging just 4.4 RPG despite his size, adding just 0.6 BPG. Rotnei Clarke (17.3 PPG) carries the offensive burden for Stevens and at 6-foot-0, he might be the best pure scorer in the contest. He is hitting an incredible 4.0 threes per game on 45% shooting from deep, something Crean will need to find a way to contain. In his past two games, he is 8-of-12 (67%) from deep. Throw in Khyle Marshall (12.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG) and Kellen Dunham (11.0 PPG, 97% FT) and there is no shortage of offensive weapons on this squad that should be in top form to make this one a national television thriller on a neutral court.
FLORIDA GATORS (7-0) at ARIZONA WILDCATS (7-0)
Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: Florida -3.5 & 134.5
A couple of unbeaten top-10 teams meet up when No. 8 Arizona hosts No. 5 Florida on Saturday night.
Not only are both teams unbeaten SU, but they've each failed to cover just once this season; Arizona is 5-1 ATS and Florida is 4-1 ATS. The Gators just demolished in-state rival Florida State last Wednesday, their first road game of the year. They allow just 48.3 PPG (2nd-best in nation), by limiting five of their seven opponents to less than 50 points. Arizona won by double-digits at Clemson on Saturday, its toughest game to this point. But Florida has been tested more often this season (along with last week's trip to Tallahassee, it has destroyed Wisconsin and Marquette at home and also led Georgetown at halftime of a canceled season-opener on an aircraft carrier). Plus, Arizona was just 7-10 ATS at home last season, and 5-8 ATS in non-conference games.
Arizona has effectively mixed old and new so far this year. Senior PF Solomon Hill (12.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG) and sophomore PG Nick Johnson (13.6 PPG, 55% FG) have led the way for the most part. Xavier transfer Mark Lyons (13.4 PPG, 39% 3-pt FG) has stepped in as an effective deep threat; the Wildcats are shooting 41% from three as a team. And PF Brandon Ashley (9.3 PPG on 59% FG, 6.4 RPG) has been one of the nation's best freshmen. He and fellow freshman Kaleb Tarczewski (6.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG), a raw 7-footer, are a big reason why the Wildcats are +11.5 in rebounding margin so far.
Florida has been much more balanced between frontcourt and backcourt than in years past. Scoring PG Kenny Boynton (14.4 PPG) still leads the way, but C Patric Young (10.3 PPG on 55% FG, 7.9 RPG) and stretch PF Erik Murphy (11.9 PPG, 43% 3-pt FG) have stepped up this season. Like Arizona, the Gators have dominated on the boards, with a +10.7 rebounding margin. The return of PG Scottie Wilbekin (7.6 PPG, 4.4 APG) from an early-season suspension has also been a boost. Not only is he a more effective facilitator of this offense, but his presence allows Florida to rotate out streaky SG Mike Rosario (11.4 PPG).