NCAAB Pick Butler Bulldogs vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Odds
- Updated: March 21, 2015
In a Midwest Region 3rd round game the 6th seed 23-10 Butler Bulldogs face the 3rd seed 30-5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Tip-off time is 9:40pm at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Point Spread: Notre Dame -4.5
Over/Under Total Line: 134.5
In their opening NCAA Tournament games Butler beat Texas 56-48 and Notre Dame beat Northeastern 69-65.
Butler is 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games and Notre Dame is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
Both of these teams finished the regular season ranked in the top 25. On the season Butler is 5-2 facing ranked teams and Notre Dame is 6-2.
Notre Dame has won 6 straight including winning the ACC Tournament beating the ranked teams of Duke in the semifinals and North Carolina in the final.
Butler had lost 2 of their last 3 games on the regular season before beating Texas in their last game.
Notre Dame ranks 12th in the nation in points per game and 2nd in team FG%.
Below are some key handicapping stats for this match-up with an against the spread pick from one of our professional sports handicappers.
Butler Bulldogs: 23-10 SU / 18-13 ATS
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 30-5 SU / 15-12 ATS
• BUT is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
• BUT is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games.
• BUT has an Under record of 8-0-1 in their last 9 games.
• ND is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
• ND is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• ND has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.
Butler Bulldogs: 87.95
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 89.41
*This preview was written by our staff writers not Rich Crew. However the analysis and pick are written by Rich*
Notre Dame had all kinds of second chance tip in’s versus North Carolina to keep within striking distance before a barrage of 3’s half way through the second half put them in the lead to stay in their 90-82 victory. Neither of those are likely to happen with the Bulldogs in the top 25 for rebounding margin and the No. 26th ranked 3-pt defense allowing just 30.7%. Butler rarely allows an opponent to cross 65 points in regulation allowing 3 of their last 15 opponents to do so. Offensively they don’t light it up hitting 70 points just once in their last 9 games.
The Irish can play a bit of defensive too holding their opponents to an average score of 66.4 points in their last 7 games. Included in that number was an average skewing 82 points by UNC. The betting action is to the over, but \i’m going to take a position on the other side of total.