NCAA Tournament: Butler vs. Bucknell
No. 6 Butler faces No. 11 Bucknell in NCAA Tournament odds action on Thursday, and they've been a great wager at the Big Dance both on the betting lines and for those that side with the UNDER in recent years.
The Bulldogs are 9-1 ATS over their past 10 tournament games as they've enjoyed success at the event, with the UNDER going 8-2-1 in the school's last 11 games in March Madness. Bucknell enters the tourney on a roll, picking up a win in 15 of its past 17 games.
The Bulldogs currently sports a 26-8 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 19-13 ATS. The Bison are 28-5 and 2-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulldogs produce a 17-14 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bison have gone 2-4 against the number.
Butler opened as 3-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the total as well at Bovada, where it moved to 122 by midweek.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs sit at No. 47 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bison sit at No. 49 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bison will win this game 74-70.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Butler's No. 124-ranked offense, averaging 69.3 PPG, against a Bison defense that ranks No. 14 at 57.5 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 45.3% so far, less than the Bison marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Bucknell owns the country's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 58.4 points per game on the highway. Butler, on the other hand, rates No. 111 in scoring at home.
Bucknell won its last outing, a 64-56 result against Lafayette on March 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite. Lafayette was victimized for 20 points and 11 rebounds by Mike Muscala as the Bison bested the Leopards 64-56 in college basketball action on Wednesday.
Butler lost its last outing, a 67-56 result against Saint Louis on March 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. The Bulldogs endured a 67-56 loss at the hands of the Billikens on Saturday, despite a 16-point effort from Rotnei Clarke at Barclays Center.
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing Saint Louis are 2-2
After a loss are 9-1
A few Bison at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Butler is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Butler's last 6 games