Everything you need to know about the Cincinnati vs. Butler online live stream and TV broadcast, as well as game notes and prediction.
Why You Need To Care
The No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats will face off against the Butler Bulldogs in Fifth Third Arena on Monday evening.
Cincinnati has been absolutely rolling this season with a 7-0 record. The Bearcats have been led by a commanding defense, which only gives up 54.6 points per game and allows opposing teams to shoot just 34.7 percent from the field.
Head coach Mick Cronin’s team is coming off back-to-back wins against Nebraska and George Washington in the Barclays Center Classic. To be fair, Cincinnati was held to less than 70 points in both of those contests, but a win is a win.
Butler hasn’t done poorly to start the season either. The Bulldogs knocked off the Citadel, Missouri State and Temple before losing to Miami in the the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. They then took care of business with a 16-point win against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Saturday.
Below is everything you need to know about the game, including the Cincinnati vs. Butler online live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.
Cincinnati vs. Butler Online Live Stream, Game Broadcast Information
- Venue: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
- Tipoff Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- National TV: CBSSN
- Cincinnati vs. Butler Online Live Stream: Cincinnati Radio Live Stream
Why Cincinnati Will Win
The defense is suffocating. The Bearcats have forced the second-most steals in the country with 76 swipes and the 13th-most blocks with 40 rejections. They’ll close out, rotate, communicate and box out well enough to secure yet another win. On top of that, Cincinnati will get to the line, putting it out of reach for Butler.
Why Butler Will Win
The Bulldogs are very, very efficient from the field. They’re shooting 52.6 percent, but their three-point percentage (36.7 percent) needs to climb a little to pull this one out. The Bearcats defense is legitimate and no shot can be wasted — good looks should be passed up for great looks. If the Bulldogs protect the ball and win the turnover battle, they’ll come out on top.
Players Who Matter
For Cincinnati, there’s no top-dog scoring option but more of a trio. Farad Cobb, Troy Caupain and Octavius Ellis are combining for 32.2 points per game. And Cobb and Caupin are combining to shoot 45 percent from three. They’ll need to hit a few daggers from deep to keep Butler down. As for Ellis, he’ll need to do some more dirty work on the boards to make the biggest impact.
Kellen Dunham is the go-to guy for the Bulldogs. He’s averaging 21.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting this season. Dunham has been just about automatic from the free throw line, too, and he’ll have to draw some fouls to give Butler an edge. If Roosevelt Jones controls his assist-to-turnover ratio and makes plays for the Bulldogs, it’ll be interesting.
When a good thing is going, don’t mess with it. Cincinnati has been winning, regardless of the spreads in its last two games, it’s still winning. The Bearcats are ferocious on defense and will force the Bulldogs into more turnovers than they’re used to committing. Cincinnati will control the game by crashing the boards, and it’ll walk out of this one still undefeated.
Final Score: Cincinnati 78, Butler 74
- This is the 17th meeting between the two teams, but the first since the 1997 NCAA Tournament when Cincinnati topped the Bulldogs, 86-69.
- Kellen Dunham tied his career-high with a 32-point performance Saturday against SIUE. His previous 32-point game came two years to the day before in Orlando, Fla. against Washington State.
- The Bearcats have won their last 49 games when
scoring 60 or more points.