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Bulldogs Aim to End Swoon in First-Round Clash with Winthrop

The No. 4 Butler Bulldogs will try to avoid a third straight SU and ATS loss on Thursday, when they take on the No. 13 Winthrop Eagles in South Region opening-round action at Bradley Center. The Eagles make their first tournament appearance since 2010 riding an eight-game SU win streak.

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  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of Butler's last 11 as a favorite of 11 points or more.
  • Butler is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games as favorite.
  • Winthrop is 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog.

The Bulldogs stumbled down the stretch, going 5-5 SU and ATS in their past 10 contests, including a stunning 62-57 loss to Xavier as 6.5-point chalk in a Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup. However, Butler has been dominant in first-round action at the big dance, winning five straight, both SU and ATS.

The high-scoring Eagles have scored 80 or more points in nine of their past 12, but have struggled offensively at the NCAA tournament, averaging just 42 points per game in their past two outings.

Overall, Winthrop is 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS in its past 10 tournament contests, with the point total going UNDER in each of its past five.

Winthrop Eagles vs Butler Bulldogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Winthrop Eagles have watched them go 26-6 and 4-6 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Butler Bulldogs are at 23-8 and 18-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Butler Bulldogs are 14-16-1, while the Winthrop Eagles have a 8-2 mark.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 80-rated Butler Bulldogs and the No. 62-ranked Winthrop Eagles, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Winthrop got 26 points from Keon Johnson en route to a 76-59 victory over Campbell on Sunday at Winthrop Coliseum.

The Bulldogs got 15 points from Kelan Martin, but it was Xavier that prevailed in a 62-57 final on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.