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Virginia vs. Butler - 3/19/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler Bulldogs (22-10) at Virginia Cavaliers (27-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Virginia Cavaliers and the Butler Bulldogs face off on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in college basketball action.

The Virginia Cavaliers are 27-7 this season and they earned their spot in this game after destroying Hampton 81-45 on Thursday. Virginia is averaging 70.7 points per game and they are shooting 48.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Malcolm Brogdon leads the Cavaliers averaging 18.5 points per game. Anthony Gill is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, London Perrantes is averaging 11 points, and Mike Tobey is averaging 6.9 points. Virginia is 7-1 in neutral site games and 12-1 in games outside of the ACC.  

Virginia vs. Butler - 3/19/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Butler Bulldogs are 22-10 this season and they pulled away late in their first round battle with Texas Tech to win 71-61 and advance to this game. Butler is averaging 80.3 points per game and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. Kellen Dunham leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.5 points per game. Kelan Martin is averaging 16 points and 6.8 rebounds, Roosevelt Jones is averaging 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Andrew Chrabascz is averaging 10.2 points. Butler is 4-2 in neutral site games and 12-1 in games outside of the Big East.

Virginia is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 3-7 against the spread against the Big East. Butler is 8-1 against the spread against the ACC, 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, and 20-5-1 against the spread in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games.

This should be a good game as Butler historically plays a style that projects well in the NCAA Tournament and Virginia plays tough defense and can hit the tough shots so with that being said this line just looks too big so I will take the points with Butler. 

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Butler Bulldogs +7.5

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