How to watch and listen
Game Time: 9:00 PM (EST)
TV: Pac-12 Network
Radio: 1070 The Fan, ESPN 700 Salt Lake City
Streaming: Pac-12 Networks Live (Where Available)
The Bulldogs are favored by 1.5 points, per OddsShark. The over/under is set at 142.5.
Butler is 5-1 ATS this year, while Utah is 1-1.
The Bulldogs’ have played against the Utes twice during their rich history. The latest encounter was back in 2010. Those familiar with Butler (or college basketball in general) will know that that was during one of the two most magical seasons for the program.
The Bulldogs were favored by 8.5 points and covered that spread, beating the Utes handedly, 74-62. While Monday’s game will be played in the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake, 2010’s contest took place in Honolulu.
Familiar faces such as Matt Howard, Ronald Nored and Shelvin Mack starred for Butler in the neutral site victory.
Utah had started off the head-to-head battle back in 1964 with a 95-66 win in Salt Lake City.
Butler will be riding a wave of momentum after their upset victory over the Arizona Wildcats earlier this week. Utah will be riding the wave of momentum after beating... UC Riverside.
No disrespect to the Highlanders, but the Utes’ last game doesn’t seem to work as a warmup for what the Bulldogs will certainly throw at them. While Utah is 4-0 on the season, none of their victories have come against teams in the RPI Top 250. Heck, only half of their wins are against D1 teams.
Despite it being their first true road test, Butler should come into this game much, much more prepared and mentally ready than Utah. Look for another big game from Kelan Martin against an untested Utes defense. Bulldogs win, 68-60.