NCAA Basketball Preview: Detroit Titans vs. Butler Bulldogs

Detroit Titans at Butler Bulldogs
Saturday, 2/4/12, 12:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Butler -4
Current Betting Line:  Butler -4
Opening Total:  133.5
Current Total:  133.5
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The Butler Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Detroit Titans

Detroit had its three-game win streak snapped in a 78-73 defeat to the Valparaiso Crusaders on Thursday, as the team has dropped three consecutive games versus the spread.  The Titans have also gone “over” the total in two straight contests, which directly followed a pair of games going “below” the number.  Offensively, the team is led by the play of guard Ray McCallum, who is averaging 15.5 points per game.  Detroit is 0-2 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Titans captured a 76-65 win in the first meeting as two-point home favorites this season, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the series.  Detroit had five players score in double figures in that particular effort, with the team tying a season high with nine three-pointers made.  Center Eli Holman has been really coming along during the second-half of the 2011-12 campaign, scoring in double figures in four of five games heading into the loss against the Crusaders.

Butler will close out a two-game homestand and comes off a 64-53 win over the Wright State Raiders as 10.5-point favorites Thursday night.  The Bulldogs have a great shot of winning this Horizon League affair, winning 12 straight February home games inside Hinkle Fieldhouse, while posting a dominating 160-23 mark in front of the home fans since the start of the 1999-200 campaign.  Current head coach Brad Stevens is 64-9 all-time inside the historic venue.  Butler is 3-8 ATS versus conference opponents this year.

The Bulldogs have only one starter averaging in double figures, with sophomore forward Andrew Smith scoring 10.3 points per game.  Butler owns a 43-28 all-time record in this series, winning 17 of the past 21 meetings, including 10 of the last 11.  Point guard Ronald Nored has been doing a solid job leading the offense, ranking second in the league in averaging 4.6 assists per game, while standing third with a plus-1.7 turnover ratio.  He also happens to be leading the team in averaging 11.1 points during Horizon League action.

Bettors will likely back the Titans due to their 5-2 ATS mark in the last seven meetings, while the Bulldogs are 1-10-1 ATS following a straight-up win.

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