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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Butler Bulldogs NCAA Tournament - 3/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler Bulldogs (23-10) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (30-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm (Consol Energy Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -5 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish match up with the Butler Bulldogs in the Field of 32 on Saturday.

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Butler Bulldogs NCAA Tournament - 3/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish built a solid lead before a late Northeastern rally made things close in a 69-65 decision in round one of the NCAA tournament. The Irish led by four at the halfway point and extended the lead until the Huskies closed the gap as a 12 point underdog. The Huskies shot the ball well at 49% but hurt themselves with 16 turnovers and that was too much to overtake 57% shooting Notre Dame who eventually sank five more free throws to win. Zach Auguste carried the Irish attack with a contest high 25 points and five yanks on 10-14 from the floor while Jerrian Grant added 17 points and five assists on 7-12 shooting. Pat Connaughton and Demetrius Jackson netted nine points each with Jackson posting eight helpers.

 

The Butler Bulldogs have gone from a good mid major to a team that is in the National Championship conversation. The Bulldogs did nothing to hurt their reputation with a round one 56-48 victory against Texas. This game was nip and tuck until Butler gained some separation late. Defense and/or poor shooting ruled with the Longhorns holding a 34%-33% shooting edge. Texas sank a few more threes but the game was decided at the stripe were 22 Horns fouls resulted in a 20-8 advantage for the winners. Kellen Dunham was the Bulldogs lone double digit scorer with a game high 20 points with Kameron Woods adding nine points and nine rebounds. Andrew Chrabascz, Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each scored seven points.

 

The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast. Butler are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games. The Fighting Irish are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Notre Dame are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Both teams are battle tested and the Irish even more so but the Bulldogs seem find a way to hang around…

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