Morehead State at Butler -22 O/U 140
Heading into the season, Butler first-year head coach LaVall Jordan had talked about wanting to play a more up-tempo brand of basketball. Last year, under Chris Holtmann, the Bulldogs played in only seven games that featured 70 possessions or more. Under Jordan, they've matched that mark through only 11 games. In watching Butler play, scoring isn't going to come easy in Big East play. But the Bulldogs have proven capable against lesser competition. In games against teams outside Ken Pom's top 100, Butler has averaged 81.6 ppg. The game scores of those six contests were 162, 146, 147, 160, 140, and 120. The chance for points continues tonight with Morehead State in town. The Eagles haven't shown much of an ability to stop the opposition. Xavier scored 101 points on 72 possessions and Virginia Tech netted 96 on 77. They currently rank first nationally in defensive time of possession meaning opposing teams don't need to work much to get a clean look. The concern is whether or not Morehead can get to 60 points. Against Xavier and Northern Kentucky, they failed to top 50. Butler's defense is solid, but far from elite. Only Saint Louis, which owns one of the worst and slowest offenses in the country, failed to hit the 60-point mark. We'll look to play this one over the total of 140.