Butler vs. Arkansas - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas Razorbacks (23-11) vs. Butler Bulldogs (20-13)
College Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Butler Bulldogs meet Friday in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have won eight of their last 11 games and fell short in the SEC Tournament semifinals. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 81.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jaylen Barford is averaging 18 points and four rebounds while Daryl Macon is averaging 16.9 points and 3.9 assists. Daniel Gafford is the third double-digit scorer and Anton Beard is dishing 3.1 assists. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks have won four of their last five neutral site games.
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The Butler Bulldogs have lost six of their last nine games, but they do have wins over Villanova, Creighton and Purdue. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 79.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Kelan Martin is averaging 20.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while Kamar Baldwin is averaging 15.5 points and 3.1 assists. Paul Jorgensen is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Wideman is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have split their last six neutral site games.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 40-16-2 ATS in their last 58 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Razorbacks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Razorbacks last 8 overall and the over is 17-8 in Bulldogs last 25 overall.
The Butler Bulldogs did not finish the season strong and have some issues on the defensive end, which includes allowing 74 or more points in seven of their last nine games. The Arkansas Razorbacks are one of the better offensive teams in the country and will expose those weaknesses. Arkansas is also a highly experienced team with six seniors on its roster, so you know guys will be leaving it all out there on the court in hopes of their careers not coming to an end. I'll take the Razorbacks in this toss-up.