Butler @ Connecticut
Current Records: Butler 9-7; Connecticut 11-4
What to Know
The #25 Connecticut Huskies won both of their matches against the Butler Bulldogs last season (72-60 and 63-51) and are aiming for the same result Tuesday. UConn and Butler will face off in a Big East battle at 7 p.m. ET at XL Center. The Huskies should still be riding high after a win, while the Bulldogs will be looking to right the ship.
UConn netted an 86-78 victory over the St. John's Red Storm last Wednesday. Among those leading the charge for UConn was forward Adama Sanogo, who posted a double-double on 26 points and 18 rebounds along with six blocks.
Meanwhile, a victory for Butler just wasn't in the stars on Sunday as the squad never even grasped a temporary lead. They were completely outmatched by the Villanova Wildcats on the road and fell 82-42. Guard Chuck Harris (15 points) was the top scorer for the Bulldogs.
The Huskies are the favorite in this one, with an expected 13-point margin of victory. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with UConn, who are 7-8 against the spread.
UConn's win brought them up to 11-4 while Butler's loss pulled them down to 9-7. Two offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: UConn ranks 23rd in college basketball when it comes to points per game, with 80.3 on average. On the other end of the spectrum, Butler is stumbling into the game with the 15th fewest points per game in college basketball, having accrued only 62.6 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against the Bulldogs.
How To Watch
- When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: XL Center -- Hartford, Connecticut
- TV: Fox Sports 1
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Huskies are a big 13-point favorite against the Bulldogs, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 13-point spread, and stayed right there.
Connecticut have won both of the games they've played against Butler in the last eight years.
- Jan 26, 2021 - Connecticut 63 vs. Butler 51
- Jan 09, 2021 - Connecticut 72 vs. Butler 60