Butler vs Pennsylvania odds
The Gabit Games, an annual series of trends between Big East and Big Ten foes, hit Monday in an intriguing matchup between two teams that have been stuck near the bottom of their respective conferences in recent history. It starts at night.
Penn State will host Butler at State College, giving both teams an early opportunity to evaluate the new-looking team.
The Nittany Lions have had a good run at home, with two big wins over underdog rivals. Can they keep a hot start?
Butler is currently coached by former Ohio State head coach Thad Matta, his first job since leaving Columbus due to health problems. take over. In the 11 years since Brad Stevens led the Bulldogs to their second straight national final, Butler has made only five NCAA Tournament appearances and his only trip to the Sweet 16.
Matta will be Butler’s fourth coach since Stevens joined the NBA. During that time, the Bulldogs played in three different conferences. He found the show as a whole to be suffocating.
Matta looks set to bring stability to the program, aided by returning talent from last year’s squad. Junior guard Chuck Harris is a key name, averaging double figures in his first two seasons on campus. has recorded the score of
Two major transfers flanked Harris and his other returning contributors. Eric Hunter played a key role on his team for excellent Purdue last year. As a 5th grader, you should be able to bring more than that.
Former North Carolina Manny Bates will make the difference. In the 2020-21 season, he posted 9.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, making his sophomore season very promising for the Wolfpack. Last season, in the first minutes of the first game of the season, he picked up an injury that kept him out for the year.
If he’s perfectly healthy and progresses as you’d expect, he could be a major factor in Butler and the best Big in the Big East.
In Micah Shrewsberry’s first year at State College, the Nittany Lions saw mixed results. Faced with the test of the Big Ten schedule, Penn State fought hard and finished the conference with a 7-13 record. Penn State competed all season but often fell short, finishing with a 6-10 record in games decided by seven points or less.
The Lions lost several contributors, but Shrewsbury were able to add talent from the state’s mid-major program.
Andrew Funk brings a smooth jump shot off Bucknell to help get some space on the floor. He is a scorer against all levels of defense and has achieved his 25 or more points in his 27 games with the Dragons.
If he can improve his game to handle power conference opponents, Penn State has a real chance to do more than make it to the Big Ten games this season. The company could lock Penn State’s first NCAA tournament bid since 2011.
Butler vs Pennsylvania Betting Picks
The game is amazing at predicting both of these teams against future opponents, but we don’t have much information about either of these teams yet.
Butler’s only game to date saw him rout a bad New Orleans team. Pennsylvania State has played twice, but both times it was a landslide victory over Winthrop and Loyola (MD). Penn State said he easily covered spreads of 12.5 and 18.5 in those games.
With a small sample size of just two games, Penn State leads the nation in effective field goal percentage. While it’s unlikely to last, Shrewsbury are building something on the attacking side of the floor.
This line hovers around the 9 point where I like Nittany Lions. Anything higher than Penn State’s -9.5 feels like too much, so get a number higher than that.
If you’re looking for a little analytical security blanket, KenPom loves Penn State University, ranking the Lions at number 32 when most models are outside the top 50. Feels like a proper play.
Choose: Pennsylvania -9