Texas Tech vs. Butler - 3/17/16 College Basketball NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (21-10) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm (RBC Center)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +3 Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Tru TV
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Butler Bulldogs face off on Thursday in Raleigh in a first round NCAA Tournament Midwest Region college basketball match up.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 19-12 this season and and that earned them the number eight seed on the Midwest Bracket of the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech is averaging 72.4 points per game and they are shooting 44.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Toddrick Gotcher leads the Red Raiders averaging 11.1 points per game. Devaugntah Williams is averaging 10.6 points, Aaron Ross is averaging 10.3 points, and Zach Smith is averaging 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Texas Tech is 2-2 in neutral site games and 10-2 in non-conference games.
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The Butler Bulldogs are 21-10 this season and that earned them a number nine seed in the Midwest bracket of the NCAA Tournament. Butler is averaging 80.6 points per game and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.1 percent. Kellen Dunham leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.3 points per game. Kelan Martin is averaging 16.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, Roosevelt Jones is averaging 14 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Andrew Chrabascz is averaging 10.1 points. Butler is 3-2 in neutral site games and 11-1 in out of conference games.
Texas Tech is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 3-13 against the spread in their last 16 neutral site games, and 1-6-1 against the spread against the Big East. Butler is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 4-1 against the spread against the Big 12, and 21-6-1 against the spread in their last 28 NCAA Tournament games.
When these teams get rolling they score in bunches so even with the total set at 148.5 I like the over in this one and that is my free pick.