Butler V Texas Tech March Madness Spread & ATS Expert Pick

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Butler V Texas Tech March Madness Spread & ATS Expert Pick

The Butler Bulldogs and Texas Tech Raiders will be a fun first-round March Madness tilt in the Mid West region. The game tips-off on on TruTV this Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM ET from the PNC Arena, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Butler is battle-tested after facing fellow March Madness squads from NOVA, Xavier, Providence and Purdue. On the flip side, Texas Tech is the epitome of a Cinderella team. They are losers of three of their last five which included a beat down from West Virginia and an embarrassing loss to TCU in the Big 12 Tournament.

A Closer Look At The No. 9 Butler Bulldogs Vs No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders March Madness Spread & ATS Expert Pick

The NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament odds have Butler listed as 4-point favorites to beat Texas Tech. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is sky-high 147. The money favors the Bulldogs at -180 while you can cash in at +160 if you back the Red Raiders.

What: No. 9 Butler Bulldogs (21-10) at No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-12)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 10:40 AMET 
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Spread: Butler -4
Moneyline: Butler -180 vs Texas Tech +160
Game Total: 147
Watch: TruTV
Stream: Tru TV
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Why Bet The Butler Bulldogs at -4 To Beat Texas Tech

Despite losing by 14 points to Providence in the Big East tournament, Butler was a fairly good bet all season, entering March Madness with a 16-14-1 against the spread record and 12-9 when listed as favorites.

“We’ve been terrific down the stretch,” Butler coach Rick Holtmann told the Indy Star. “These guys need to enjoy what this is. Think about in your mind all the great college basketball programs around the country in power leagues who are not playing, who are not celebrating.

The Bulldogs score 80.6 points per game led by 16.3 points from guard Kellen Dunham. They allow 71.2 points each game, a net difference of +9.4 points. Butler finished the season with an 8-2 against the spread record.

The only time they played against Texas Tech they won by 10 points back in 2007.

Why Bet The Texas Tech +4 To Beat Butler

The Red Raiders have been inconsistent all year, but they are in the Big Dance. Texas Tech ended the season at .500 against Big 12 opponents which bodes well for this tilt

The Red Raiders finished with a 15-13 against the spread record this season and 9-8 ATS when playing as underdogs. Early in the season Texas Tech beat fellow March Madness teams like Oklahoma, Baylor, and Iowa State during the regular season. They held these teams to 63.3 points per game.

Texas Tech boasts four players who average double-digits in points, led by senior guard Toddrick Gotcher and his 11.1 points per game.

Betting Trends Related To This Matchup

  • Bulldogs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
  • Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
  • Bulldogs are 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 NCAA Tournament games.
  • Red Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
  • Red Raiders are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games as an underdog.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

This is the big show and I am backing the Butler Bulldogs to beat and cover the spread versus the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

My final score prediction is Butler 75, Texas Tech 66.