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Game Guide: Southern Utah vs. Butler; Time, TV, Odds and 3-Point Preview

The Bulldogs have one last hurdle before the Christmas break.

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Coming off a thrilling victory over the Purdue Boilermakers, the Butler Bulldogs find themselves in the top 10 of the AP Poll for the first time since 2013.

The Bulldogs sit at 9-1 as they welcome the 3-7 Southern Utah Thunderbirds from the Big Sky Conference to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday evening.

How to watch, listen, and stream

Game time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS2 (Vince Welch & Dickey Simpkins)

Radio: 1070 The Fan (Butler)

Live Stream: FOX Sports Go (Where available)

Gamblin' Info

Line: Butler comes into this game as 26-point favorites, per OddsShark.

Records ATS: Butler is 5-5 against the spread while Southern Utah is 2-6.

O/U: 155.5

Series History

Butler and Southern Utah have played twice in the past. Both times were in the 1993-94 season. Southern Utah won both times.

Three Things to Watch

1. Butler's offense against Southern Utah's defense

Do you like watching Butler score a lot of points? This game is for you!

Perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of the 30 second shot clock, the Bulldogs are on pace to have their best offensive season in school history. They're currently sixth in the country in AdjO.

On the other hand, Southern Utah is one of the worst defensive teams in the country. They come into this game ranked 328th of 351 teams in AdjD.

If Kellen Dunham, Roosevelt Jones and company can shoot efficiently, it might be a long night at the office for the Thunderbirds.

2. Not so fabulous Thunderbirds

Sometimes if you're not very good defensively, you can make up for it by being good on the offensive side of the ball.

That's not the case for Southern Utah. They come into this game ranked 255th in AdjO.

They also turn the ball over a lot (20.3%) and don't force nearly enough turnovers (15.8%).

A bright spot for the Thunderbirds is guard Travon Langston. Langston comes into this game averaging 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

3. Hinkle Magic

Butler has won their last 26 nonconference games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. They are one of three (Villanova, Xavier) Big East teams to have not taken a home nonconference loss since the conference's inception.