Somehow the Butler Bulldogs keep doing it ever year. So far, it has been another great start by Butler as they have gone 7-1 on the year with key wins over the likes of Cincinnati and Temple and their only loss coming to Miami. This quick start has helped Butler jump into the Top 25 rankings as the Bulldogs sit at #18 now.
Their opponent Saturday will be the Tennessee Volunteers who have a 4-3 record on the year, which puts them near the bottom of the SEC standings. The Vols are currently on a slide as they have lost their past two games to Nebraska and George Washington.
Playing at Butler will be a big measuring test for the Vols before they host Gonzaga a week from now. If they can play decent against Butler then they may have a chance against Gonzaga. After that it's SEC play as they will tussle with the likes of Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game Time: 2:30 pm ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 1070 AM/93.5 FM (Butler)
Online: Streaming is available for this telecast via Fox Sports Go (where available)
Odds : Butler comes into this game as 13-point favorites via OddsShark
ATS : Tennessee (4-2) || Butler (4-4)
O/U : The O/U opened at 155
3 Things to Watch
1. Battling for the boards: Both of these teams come into this game with outstanding rebounding numbers. Butler averages 40.4 rebounds per game which is good for 78th in the country and Tennessee comes in right behind them at 79th in the country. Armani Moore and Derek Reese both average over seven rebounds for the Vols and Mr.Do-It-All Roosevelt Jones leads the way for Butler. It will be a tough matchup for Butler's frontcourt as they will face a very physical Tennessee team.
2. Ball Movement: Butler has been great at moving the basketball this year, as they are in the top 50 teams in the country in assists. Butler comes in averaging 16.5 as a team with Jones again leading the way with an average of 4.9 dimes per game. Against a Tennessee team that is good on the glass, most of the Butler possessions will be one and done so they have to make it count with quality shots.
3. Who can slow down Butler's offense right now?: Butler comes into this game as the 3rd best team in the country in scoring, as they score around 91 points per game with Kellen Dunham leading the way with an average of around 20 points per game. Dunham and Jones have been a great one-two punch on offense as Dunham's shooting and Jones's ability to finish in the paint give Butler so many options to score from.