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Butler Bulldogs vs. Texas Longhorns NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (20-13) at Butler Bulldogs (22-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm (Consol Energy Center)

The Line: Butler Bulldogs +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Texas Longhorns battle the Butler Bulldogs to open the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

 

Butler Bulldogs vs. Texas Longhorns NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Longhorns seemed to be on the bubble with their 20-11 record and 7-9 mark in the Big 12 but playing the number 16 strength of schedule carries a lot of weight especially in a power conference such as the Big 12. The Longhorns were solid at both ends of the  floor as they outscored opponents 68-60 and gave up less then 37% shooting.  The Longhorns have top 50 wins against Connecticut, Baylor and Iowa and can win at both ends of the floor. Three double digit scorers lead the offense with Isaiah Taylor averaging 13 points with Jonathan Holmes  and Myles Turner bringing in ten points apiece with Holmes and Turner leading the team on the glass with six boards each.

 

The #22 Butler Bulldogs have been a topic of conversation over the past several years with back to back National Championship appearances with a transition from the Horizon to the more power heavy Big East where they have been successful. The Bulldogs were 22-10 overall and 13-7 in the conference as they scored  70 points and allowed 61 so this team was well equipped in most areas. At the offensive end Kellen Dunham was the top option at nearly 17 points while Andrew Chrabascz netted eleven points with Roosevelt Jones adding nearly 13 points on the #28 SOS that saw this team defeat seven top 50 teams including the North Carolina Tar Heels as a ten point underdog.

 

The Longhorns are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Texas are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Bulldogs are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games and  5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Butler are 42-17-1 ATS in their last 60 neutral site games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games. The #11 Longhorns are favored against the #6 Bulldogs and I think Butler wins…

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