Butler vs. UConn Prediction: #1 Huskies Look to Keep Rolling Against Bulldogs

Written by: Tanner Kern
Published February 6, 2024
4 min read

The Connecticut Huskies will host the Butler Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Both teams are streaking to some degree. 

Butler enters with a 15-7 record, winning four straight games. UConn is riding a ten-game winning streak and should keep it going based on the spread in this matchup. 

The Huskies are a 14.5-point favorite at home and have looked nearly unstoppable this season. Winning back-to-back National Championships is difficult, but Dan Hurley’s team has the talent to make it happen again.

Here, we will break down the entire matchup and give our best bets for Butler vs. UConn.

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Butler vs. UConn Betting Odds for Tuesday, Feb. 6

UConn opened as a 13.5-point favorite, and the line has jumped a point. We expect this spread to move in favor of the Huskies again, so if you like Connecticut, place your bets soon. 

Connecticut has a high-powered offense that is difficult to stop. Even though Butler is playing well, the Huskies can quickly end their winning streak. 

Teams Spread Moneyline Total 
Butler Bulldogs +14.5 (-110) +700 Over 147.5 (-110)
UConn Huskies -14.5 (-110) -1000 Under 147.5 (-110)

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UConn is being overestimated in the national betting landscape. The team is good, but they still have some flaws. However, very few competitors have exposed the Huskies weaknesses in 2023-24. 

UConn is 20-2 and 10-1 in the Big East. Their only conference setback came on the road against Seton Hall, but they quickly recovered and have since won 10 consecutive games.

UConn has an elite offense, scoring 81 points per game. Tristen Newton has been the Huskies’ star this season, leading the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounds (6.8) and assists (5.9).

Elite players like Cam Spencer and Alex Karaban have accompanied Newton in the frontcourt. These players have consistently made back-breaking threes, which have sparked the team throughout the year.

Even though UConn can score, they have excellent finishing ability because of their defense. Hurley is known for having hard-nosed teams, and this year is no different.

The Huskies allow just 64 points per game. Butler has a solid offensive team, but they’re not close to UConn on defense. The Bulldogs surrender 74 points per contest, and this stat will likely decide the game.

For Butler to be competitive, Pierre Brooks must post a massive stat line. Brooks has averaged 16.5 points per game, shooting 46% from the field. The guard is physical and played well in the first meeting of the year against UConn, but his teammates didn’t help.

UConn won by seven points on the road, which could be much more substantial.

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Butler vs. UConn Prediction and Betting Pick

UConn didn’t play their best defensive game against Butler on January 5. The Huskies allowed 81 points, which is much higher than their season average. Despite this, they still shined on offense, and this part of their game hasn’t been lacking. 

Any team with a 20-2 record to this point in the year can win in multiple ways, and Connecticut has shined. UConn is the third-ranked team in the KenPom adjusted efficiency metric. 

UConn is third in adjusted offense and 15th on defense. Butler is 49th overall and 97th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Their defense will be the issue in this contest, and UConn will make a lot of noise in the XL Center.

The Huskies play in a tough venue, and the arena should be filled for this Big East matchup. Lay the points with Connecticut. 

How to Watch Butler vs. UConn

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 6 @ 8:30 PM ET

  • Where: XL Center

  • TV: FS1

  • Streaming: Fox Sports App

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