|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe Tuesday night Horizon League Championship game between Butler and Milwaukee may very well determine which of the two teams makes it into the NCAA Tournament. While Butler has the better chance of being voted into the tournament even if they lose tonight, Milwaukee is playing a must-win game if they hope to make it in.
Milwaukee has the home-court advantage tonight, and both teams are playing well as of late. Currently, Butler is the favorite by 3 points. Obviously, oddsmakers are slightly favoring the Bulldogs, but the game is expected to be close. The total is set at 135. The Panthers are the underdogs tonight, but not by much.
Butler is coming off of a win on Saturday in the tourney semifinals with a 76-69 victory over Cleveland State. That win kept Butler's NCAA hopes alive, while eliminating Cleveland State from the bubble. Milwaukee is in a similar position, having to win to keep hope alive. Thankfully for them, they have been strong at home, which may be enough of an advantage to overcome the Bulldogs.
Both teams have experienced a lot of success lately, with Butler winning their last eight games, and the Panthers winning 10 of their last 11. They match up well in terms of players, too. While the Bulldogs are led by Matt Howard at 16.7 points per game, Milwaukee has Anthony Hill at 15.6 points per game. Hill is coming off of a double-double against Valparaiso
It is also important to keep in mind that the Panthers won both previous games against Butler this season. The early January game was a 76-52 blowout, while the game in late January was an overtime victory at 86-80. Hill had 22 points in the first game, and 18 in the overtime victory. In the last 6 meetings, it has been all Milwaukee wins.
Considering all this, is it realistic to expect Butler to cover the spread? Can they even win? Or will recent history reverse itself tonight in Wisconsin?