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Butler vs UConn Odds, Spread & Predictions (Jan. 22)

George Nassios

by George Nassios in College Basketball

Jan 21, 2023 · 7:26 PM PST

Dan Hurley, Hassan Diarra and Joey Calcaterra talk; U-Conn Huskies
Jan 15, 2023; Hartford, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Dan Hurley talks with guard Hassan Diarra (5) and guard Joey Calcaterra (3) from the sideline last they take the St. John's Red Storm at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Butler Bulldogs pay a visit to the Connecticut Huskies on Sunday, January 22nd
  • UConn has never lost to Butler in six all-time meetings between the two teams
  • For the Butler vs UConn odds, see below, plus our best bet and prediction for this game

After a perfect 14-0 start to the season, the UConn Huskies (15-5, 12-7-1 ATS) have hit a rough patch. Losers of five of their last six, they’re desperate to put this recent skid behind them. On Sunday, January 22nd, Connecticut hosts the Butler Bulldogs (11-9, 9-9-2 ATS) at noon ET from the XL Center.

As the 15th ranked team in the country, UConn are 14.5-point home favorites against a Butler side that sits near the bottom of the Big East standings. Butler have won just three of their last four contests.

All the Butler vs UConn odds can be seen below as we delve a little deeper into this matchup so we can give you our best bet and prediction for this game.

Butler vs UConn Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Butler Bulldogs +14.5 (-114) +810 O 137.5 (-106)
Connecticut Huskies -14.5 (-106) -1450 U 137.5 (-114)

Odds as of January 21st from  FanDuel. Unlock the FanDuel Sportsbook bonus code to  bet on this game.

What a rapid fall from grace it has been for the Huskies. Most recently, they lost by one point to Seton Hall in a game where they were without head coach Dan Hurley and associate head coach Kimani Young who both tested positive for COVID-19. Both will be back on the sidelines for this one.

 

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Butler have not fared much better of late, going 3-6 in their last nine and are coming off a 73-52 shellacking at the hands of the Creighton Bluejays.

Butler Bulldogs Suffering From Lack of Offense

Not only have Butler been losing, but they’ve been losing in an ugly manner. Their slide started against these same Huskies on December 17th with a 68-46 loss. They have averaged just 53 points per outing in those six defeats.

It is tremendously rare to see a Division I program from an elite conference go through such a terrible drought.

Needless to say, they’ve hit the under in every one of those previous six losses. Attacking the glass with increased fervor would go a long way towards helping the offense. According to KenPom, they are in the bottom 5% in the country in offensive rebounding percentage.

Defensively, the Bulldogs have been quite sound. KenPom ranks them 70th overall in adjusted defensive efficiency. That helps them against middling programs, but without a solution on offense, this side has very little chance to stay relevant in the ultra competitive Big East conference.

UConn Huskies Have Lost Their Bite

Huskies fans were ecstatic at Christmas, as their team was humming along to the tune of a 13-0 record and climbing the table in the odds to win the NCAA tournament. It’s all fallen apart so quickly. Five losses in six games, all to conference opponents, has the once perennial powerhouse doing a reality check.

Enter the Butler Bulldogs, who appear to be the perfect remedy for Connecticut. It would be an upset of epic proportions if the Bulldogs were to beat the Huskies on Sunday. Especially when you consider the beat down UConn laid on them on the road just over a month ago.

Butler vs UConn Recent Results

Date Home-Away Spread Over/Under
12/17/2022 BUT 46 – CONN 68 CONN Under
01/20/2022 BUT 56 – CONN 75 CONN Over
01/18/2022 CONN 76 – BUT 59 CONN Over
01/26/2021 CONN 63 – BUT 51 CONN Under
01/09/2021 BUT 60 – CONN 72 CONN Over

It’s a perfect six-pack of victories for UConn when these teams have faced one another. On top of that, the Huskies have also covered the spread in each of those contests with an average margin of victory of 15.7 points.

UConn will be anxious to play a complete game to get back on track. Consider that UConn was once the best college team in the country with an 11-0-1 record against the spread. However, since December 18th, they’ve covered just once in their last eight games.

Butler vs UConn Pick and Prediction

In the last five matchups between these two squads which have occurred over the last two years, Butler have averaged only 52.4 points per game. It’s not like UConn have lit the nets on fire in those contests either, averaging 71 points in those matchups.

Prior to Christmas, Connecticut had scored more than 76 points, nine times in 13 games. Since then, they are 0 for 7 topping that total.

UConn are heavy favorites in the college basketball odds for this one and for good reason. As we established earlier, when Butler lose, they lose big and they don’t score. Instead of picking the struggling Huskies to cover, our prediction is to wager on the under in what will likely be a low event affair.

Pick: Under 137.5 Points (-114)

 

 

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