Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Butler Bulldogs, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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31-4 March 18, 7:10 PM | BMO Harris Bradley Center 24-8
Middle Tennessee St. vs Butler, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
525 –Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +3½ -110 +160 Ov 139½ -110
526 –Butler Bulldogs -3½ -110 -180 Un 139½ -110

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the PREDICTION: Butler 74, Middle Tennessee 69 will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Bradley Center.

ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE (31-4): Arkansas graduate transfer forward JaCorey Williams, the Conference USA Player of the Year who had 13 points and six boards in the first round, leads the team in scoring (17.2 points on 53 percent shooting) and rebounding (7.3). Junior guard Giddy Potts contributes 15.8 points, a team-high 76 3-pointers and 5.4 rebounds while Upshaw contributes 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. The Blue Raiders are a tough defensive team, yielding just 63.6 points per game while holding foes to 42 percent shooting and carrying a plus-3 turnover margin.

The 6-2 Woodson (8.9 points, team-best 42.8 percent from the arc), a graduate transfer from Memphis, drained three shots from the arc in the opening four minutes against Winthrop and finished with 18 points. Senior forward Andrew Chrabascz added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists and junior forward Kelan Martin chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds. Martin leads the team in scoring (15.9) and rebounds (5.8) while Chrabascz adds 11 points per game and guards Kamar Baldwin, Kethan Savage and Tyler Lewis split time with Woodson in the backcourt and chip in a combined 24.5 points per game.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bulldogs listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Blue Raiders, while the game’s total is sitting at 139½.

A decade ago, Butler began establishing itself as one of the gold standards for mid-major basketball programs. Relative unknown Middle Tennessee, a 12th seed which is coming off a first-round upset in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, will be looking to take another step toward that end when the Blue Raiders tangle with the fourth-seeded Bulldogs in the second round of the South Region on Saturday in Milwaukee.

Middle Tennessee, which led by as many as 17 in Thursday’s 81-72 triumph over fifth-seeded Minnesota, beat Michigan State in the first round last season as a No. 15 seed before falling to Syracuse. The Blue Raiders, who have already set a school record for wins (31), have won 20 of their last 21 games and have wins this season over SEC schools Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. “We think we belong on a national stage,” coach Kermit Davis said after Reggie Upshaw scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds against the Golden Gophers. “I don’t think (this was an upset). “I knew we’d play well. I think our record speaks for itself, and what we’ve done all year long.” Butler, which got a career high-tying six 3-pointers from Avery Woodson in an easy 76-64 win over No. 13 Winthrop on Thursday, is coming of its best regular season in program history but hasn’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since losing the national championship games in 2010 and 2011.

Butler was a 76-64 winner in its last match at home against Eagles. They covered the -10.5-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 81-72 winner as they battled Golden Gophers on the road. They covered in the match as a -1.5-point favorite.

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Middle Tennessee:
Team record: 31-4 SU,24-10 ATS
Current Streak: won 11 straight games.
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Middle Tennessee’s last 6 games

Team record: 24-8 SU,19-13 ATS
Butler is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games


1. The Blue Raiders are 4-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament – the wins coming against opponents seeded sixth or higher.

2. Woodson made six 3-pointers against St. John’s on Feb. 15 en route to season-high 20 points and also connected on six 3-pointers twice during his time at Memphis.

3. The Bulldogs lost second-round NCAA Tournament games to Virginia and Notre Dame the past two seasons.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Butler Bulldogs will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will go over 139½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Butler 74, Middle Tennessee 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

75.2 PTS FOR 76.3
63.6 PTS AGNST 68.3
11.6 DIFF. 8.0
25.6 DEF REBOUNDS 23.7
49.0 FG% 47.8
69.7 FT% 73.6
6.4 3 POINTERS 7.7
6.8 STEALS 6.2
No trends to report
Butler is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Middle Tennessee’s Overall Scoring vs Butler’s Overall Defense 75.2 124 68.3 78
Middle Tennessee’s Away Scoring vs Butler’s Home Defense 75.4 57 68.0 137
Middle Tennessee’s Road Rebounds vs Butler’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.4 192 28.5 5
Butler’s Overall Scoring vs Middle Tennessee’s Overall Defense 76.3 104 63.6 24
Butler’s Home Scoring vs Middle Tennessee’s Road Defense 79.4 103 64.8 13
Butler’s Home Rebounds vs Middle Tennessee’s Road Rebounds Allowed 31.4 339 29.0 4

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