The Virginia Commonwealth Rams, who had to play their way in as a No. 11 seed, make their first visit to the Final Four on Saturday when they take on the Butler Bulldogs at Reliant Stadium.
The Rams advanced past Kansas in the Elite 8 with a stunning 71-61 victory as an 11-point underdog. The Bulldogs upset Florida 74-71 in overtime as a 4-point underdog in their Elite 8 matchup and advanced to this stage for the second straight year.
In Saturday's game the Bulldogs are a 2.5-point favorite while the total was set at 133.
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VCU vs Butler Betting Line:
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Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 38-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 192-rated Rams in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 76-74 win for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Butler's No. 80-ranked scoring average of 72.1 PPG, against a Rams defense rated No. 135 and allowing 66.7 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 44.3% to date this season, more than the Rams shooters have managed so far (43.6% per game).
Defensively, Virginia Commonwealth features the nation's No. 83-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.6 points per game. Butler, meanwhile, comes in at No. 65 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Virginia Commonwealth, they were a 71-61 winner as they battled Kansas. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog.
Last time out for Butler, they were a 74-71 winner as they battled Florida. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog.
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After a win are 10-0
A few Rams at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Butler's last 10 games