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Monarchs vs Bulldogs Southeast Region

The Monarchs hope to royally screw up Butler fans by sending the Bulldogs out of the tournament early Thursday at Verizon Center.

Old Dominion has been on fire, going 9-0 SU and 7-1-1 ATS in their past nine games and winning the Colonial tournament. Butler, last year's finalist, will bring the same scrappy style that allowed it to repeat as Horizon League champs and they are slightly favored.

Butler will face the 27-6 Monarchs, who own a 14-12-2 ATS mark on the season. The best ODU line was at Sports Interaction at last check.

View Old Dominion vs Butler Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Bulldogs installed as 1.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 43-rated Old Dominion taking on the No. 38-rated Bulldogs in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-73 win for the Bulldogs on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Butler's No. 71 nationally ranked offense (72.8 points per game) against a Monarchs defense that sits as the No. 5 at 58.3 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 44.6% from the field, more than the Monarchs have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Old Dominion owns the country's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 61.2 points per game on the highway. Butler, on the other hand, rates No. 58 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Old Dominion, they were a 70-65 winner as they battled Virginia Commonwealth. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite.

Butler was a 59-44 winner in their most recent outing against Wisc-Milwaukee. They covered the 4–point spread as favorites.

Old Dominion Monarchs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Virginia Commonwealth are 9-1
After a win are 9-1

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

A few Monarchs at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Butler's last 6 games