|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe first game of the Final Four on Saturday pits the two mid-major teams with surprising, unpredictable runs against each other.
The No. 11 seed VCU Rams take on the No. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs, and almost no one expected either team to make it past the Round of 32, let along make it within a game of the NCAA championship game.
But now that the two have arrived, the Final Four just got a lot more exciting. The sportsbook lists the Bulldogs as the 2.5 point favorites, with the total set at 133.5. With both of these team's abilities to slay giants of the NCAA, how will they fare against each other? VCU has run away with some impressive double-digit wins to advance this far, while Butler has been able to keep games close and win in the clutch.
The game will make history pitting against each other the two highest seeds to ever make it to the final four. Butler has the experience, having made it to within one basket of winning the NCAA tournament title just a year ago. And they are the first team in college basketball history to make it to the Final Four two years in a row without being at least a No. 2 seed.
Their road to the Final Four has been tough so far. They beat Old Dominion with a last second shot. Their win against Pittsburgh was one of the most unlikely and wildest in the history of the tournament. And their win against Florida took them into overtime.
On the other hand, VCU is only the third No. 11 seed to advance to the Final Four. They even had to win a play-in game to advance to what used to be the first round of the tournament. They have dismantled USC and Georgetown in the early rounds. They also easily took down the Purdue Boilermakers in Chicago, and beat the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks by 10 points.
Butler will have its hands full defending VCU's strong three-point shooting abilities, which have been so instrumental in the Rams' success. They are 65 of 146 from three-point land in the tournament. If the Bulldogs shut down this easy scoring route, they should advance to the championship game for the second time in as many years.
But one thing is for certain. Whoever wins, it is hard rooting against either of these remarkable teams.