Butler vs Virginia March Madness Betting Odds Midwest Region R32Josh Bailey
The number 9 seeded Butler Bulldogs took down Texas Tech 71 to 61 on Thursday to advance to the Round of 32. Butler battles the number 1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers beat Hampton 81 to 45 on Thursday to extend their post-season play. The game takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, March 19.
A Closer Look at How To Bet No. 9 Butler Bulldogs vs No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament Odds
Butler has gone 4 and 1 straight up in their last 5 games. The Virginia Cavaliers are 6 and 1 straight up in their last 7 games. Virginia is 6 and 1 ATS in their last 7. Overall, the Cavaliers have gone 18 and 14 ATS this season. The Butler Bulldogs are 6 and 1 straight up in their last 7 games. Butler is 17-14-1 ATS overall this season.
What: NCAA Tournament – Midwest
Who: Butler Bulldogs Vs
When: Saturday March 19th 7:10 PM EDT
Bet The No. 9 seeded Butler Bulldogs Because…
Butler was unreal from behind the three-point line in their win over Texas Tech. The Bulldogs hit 9 out of 17 three-point shots. Butler converted 52.9% of their three-point shots against the Red Raiders on Thursday. If Butler shoots that well versus Virginia on Saturday, forget it. The Cavaliers will be marching home early in the NCAA Tournament.
Bet The No. 1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers Because…
Virginia has arguably the best defense in the Big Dance. The Cavaliers are ranked second in college basketball in points allowed per game at 59.2. Virginia allows 41.8% on average from the field and 34.3% on average from the three-point line. Hampton shot 30.4% from the field against Virginia on Thursday. The Cavaliers held Hampton to a ridiculously low 45 points.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
This game is going to come down to Butler’s ability to convert three point shots versus Virginia’s ability to stop Butler from converting those three point shots. The Bulldogs average an exceptional 39% from three. Kellen Dunham hit 5 out of 9 three-point shots on Thursday against Texas Tech.
But, here’s the difference, Virginia has become excellent at keeping teams from shooting good three-point shots. Although allowing 34% doesn’t look that great, Virginia held North Carolina to 25% from three in the ACC Tournament. Miami hit on 50% of their three-point shots in their loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament. But the Hurricanes only took 8 three-point shots.
Hampton took 19 three-point shots and converted on 3 of them. The Virginia Cavaliers are looking awfully difficult to beat on Saturday. The Cavs figure to shut down Butler’s three-point shooting. If that happens, Virginia could run away with this game.