|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABIn two years, the Butler Bulldogs have had two amazing runs in the NCAA tournament, and they look to continue this year's run tonight against the Wisconsin Badgers.
The game tips off at 9:57 PM ET in New Orleans and will be televised on TBS. Can Butler keep winning games on the final position, or will the Badgers come out of this one on top?
NCAA odds favor Wisconsin in this game by 4.5 points. The total is set at 124. The Bulldogs are coming into this game with two dramatic wins in the tournament, keeping games close until the final possession. With two last chances to win, they won both games so far against Old Dominion and Pitt to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
The most difficult matchup for Wisconsin will be Matt Howard, Butler's skilled big man on the floor. He can shoot the ball from outside the paint, but is also effective at the post. On the other hand, Butler will have to find some way to shut down Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor. Point guard Taylor is also effective in the paint, routinely draws double teams, and is great at racking up assists. He can also shoot the three.
Although the Badgers are probably the better team overall, with a more consistent record and better defense, they are prone to droughts. The Bulldogs have been clinging on to their tournament run by the skin of their teeth with two extremely close games. But so far, they have always found a way to win if the game is close in the last minutes of the second half.
If either Howard or guard Shelvin Mack struggle tonight, history shows us that Butler will probably lose. Although they have won 11 in a row with their last loss coming on Feb 3, they can be vulnerable if Howard or Mack have an off night. Losses to Youngstown State, Valparaiso, and UW-Milwaukee all prove that. Butler is also prone to racking up fouls, with an average of 19 per game.