Butler Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Sweet 16 Odds, Picks and Prediction

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BUTLER BULLDOGS NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
25-8 March 24, 7:09 PM | FedExForum 29-7
Butler vs North Carolina, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:09 PM ET, Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: 7:09 p.m. ET, CBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
877 –Butler Bulldogs +7½ -110 +270 Ov 153 -110
878 –North Carolina Tar Heels -7½ -110 -325 Un 153 -110
 

The fans at FedExForum will be treated to a game between the Butler Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT BUTLER (25-8): The Bulldogs have been crisp on offense in the tournament, shooting 50 percent overall and 47 percent from 3-point range, with Memphis transfer Avery Woodson (8.9 points) going 8-of-14 from behind the arc. They’ll need to continue that to keep pace with North Carolina, and Butler also needs to keep limiting its turnovers – the Bulldogs average 10.2 per game, ninth-fewest in the nation. Swingman Kelan Martin (16 points, 5.8 rebounds) leads the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding, while forward Andrew Chrabascz (11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds) and freshman guard Kamar Baldwin (10 points) also score in double digits.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (29-7): The Tar Heels nearly met their match with Arkansas’ frenetic style of play, but their up-tempo game should match up better against the Bulldogs. North Carolina has no shortage of offensive weapons, beginning with swingman Justin Jackson (18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds) and forwards Kennedy Meeks (12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds) and Isaiah Hicks (12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds). The biggest question for the Tar Heels is the status of Berry (14.4 points, 3.7 assists), who has been hobbled by an ankle injury and struggled to a 2-for-13 shooting performance against the Razorbacks.

Oddsmakers currently have the Tar Heels listed as -7½-point favorites versus the Bulldogs, while the game’s total is sitting at 153.

Butler has a history of pulling off upsets in the NCAA Tournament, but the fourth-seeded Bulldogs face a tough matchup against No. 1 seed North Carolina in the South Region semifinals Friday in Memphis, Tenn. Butler is trying to knock off a No. 1 seed for the third time after doing so in 2010 and 2011 en route to back-to-back championship game appearances.

The Bulldogs breezed through the first weekend with relative ease as they never trailed in wins over Winthrop 76-64 and Middle Tennessee 74-65, and spent a total of 1:18 tied in those contests. The Tar Heels had a much tougher time and had to rally from a five-point deficit in the final three minutes of a 72-65 victory over Arkansas in the second round. “Sometimes you need games like that,” North Carolina guard Joel Berry II told reporters. “We haven’t had a game like that in a while. Now we know we can win a game when we’re down five with three minutes to go.” The Tar Heels are in the Sweet 16 for the third straight year and the ninth time in the past 13 seasons.

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NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. North Carolina is 26-8 all-time in region semifinals and won 12 of its last 13 Sweet 16 games.

2. Butler is 20-0 this season and 55-2 under coach Chris Holtmann when shooting for a higher percentage than its opponent.

3. ACC teams knocked Butler out of the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, and in three of its last five trips to the tourney.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Butler Bulldogs will cover the spread at +7.5 and the game will stay under 153 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: North Carolina 76, Butler 72 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BUTLR TEAM UNC
76.2 PTS FOR 85.1
68.2 PTS AGNST 70.3
8.1 DIFF. 14.8
23.8 DEF REBOUNDS 27.9
8.5 OFF REBOUNDS 16.0
47.9 FG% 47.0
73.8 FT% 70.8
7.7 3 POINTERS 7.2
6.1 STEALS 7.1
BETTING TRENDS
BUTLER
No trends to report
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina’s last 9 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Butler’s Overall Scoring vs North Carolina’s Overall Defense 76.2 109 70.3 125
Butler’s Away Scoring vs North Carolina’s Home Defense 71.7 132 68.0 137
Butler’s Road Rebounds vs North Carolina’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.7 225 30.0 19
North Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Butler’s Overall Defense 85.1 10 68.2 75
North Carolina’s Home Scoring vs Butler’s Road Defense 87.5 15 68.7 46
North Carolina’s Home Rebounds vs Butler’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.3 2 35.4 153
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BUTLER
No trends to report
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina leads the league in rebounds at 43.8.

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