Butler vs. Notre Dame - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament 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 -4.5 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds
The Butler Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Butler Bulldogs have won four of their last six and are coming off a win over Texas. On the season, Butler is averaging 69.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.8 points and 2.5 rebounds while Roosevelt Jones is averaging 12.4 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 five players averaging at least 7.8 points, and they’re shooting 68.1 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Butler is allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in six straight games.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won six straight and are coming off a win over Northeastern. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 78.5 points on 51.2 percent shooting and is allowing 65.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 assists while Zach Auguste is averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Pat Connaughton is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 73.9 percent from the line and 39.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Bulldogs are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games and 38-15-1 ATS in their last 54 neutral site games. The Fighting Irish are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Notre Dame is just too explosive offensively for Butler to keep up. The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them. The Irish should win this game and cover the spread rather easily.