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Texas vs. Butler - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament 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 +1.5 -- Over/Under: 122 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Texas Longhorns and Butler Bulldogs play Thursday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament.

The Texas Longhorns were the sixth-best Big 12 team and has won three of their last four. On the season, Texas is averaging 67.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 13 points and 4.6 assists while Myles Turner is averaging 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Jonathan Holmes is the third double-digit scorer and Javan Felix is dishing two assists. The Texas Longhorns have five players averaging at least 8.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Texas is allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 59 or less points in three of its last four games.

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

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The Butler Bulldogs was the second-best Big East team and has split its last four. On the season, Butler is averaging 69.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.7 points and 2.6 rebounds while Roosevelt Jones is averaging 12.6 points and 3.7 assists. Andrew Chrabascz is the third double-digit scorer and Alex Barlow is dishing 2.6 assists. The Butler Bulldogs have six players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 68 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Butler is allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five straight games.

The Longhorns are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. The Bulldogs are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss. 

The Texas Longhorns size and physical style of play should make the difference in this one. I like the Longhorns to make a decent run in the tournament due to its mismatches in the paint, and it starts with a win here. 

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Texas Longhorns -1.5

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