5th seeded Butler Bulldogs and the 2nd seeded Kansas State Wildcats are ready to square off this afternoon in the West Region championship game, where the winner will have themselves a spot in the Final Four in Indianapolis next weekend. This game is being played at 4:30 PM EST at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT. The Bulldogs knocked off 1 st seeded Syracuse on Thursday in a stellar effort, which continued their 23 game winning streak. Kansas State was a part of the most exciting Sweet 16 game and probably the best game of the tournament, when they knocked off Xavier 101-96 in double overtime. The Butler Bulldogs are 31-4 on the season, but had been overlooked in this NCAA tournament because of playing in a weak Horizon League conference. Nobody is overlooking Butler now as they’ve knocked off three straight opponents including a 1 seed on their way to the Elite Eight. The oddsmakers have set Kansas State as a 4 point favorite for this afternoon’s game, which guarantees to be a very exciting game. Check out the Butler vs Kansas State line, spread, betting odds and my personal prediction below.
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Butler vs Kansas State Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
Over 134.5 (-110)
Under 134.5 (-110)
Butler vs Kansas State Predictions:
Spread/Line Predictions – The Butler Bulldogs are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games as an underdog, and are 13-5 in their last 18 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5 points. They are also 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs a team with a winning % above .600. Although the Wildcats have been excellent against the spread, going 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 games as a favorite, this is a team that is worn down by their double overtime victory less than 48 hours ago. This Butler team plays excellent defense and has proven they can play with the big dogs. I expect Butler to keep it very tight, and I am taking them with the 4 points. BET ON BUTLER +4.
Over/Under Predictions – Kansas State has scored 82 or more points in 6 of their last 7 games, but Butler hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 59 points in their last 5 games. Although Butler is a great shut down team, they will have it tough today with one of the highest powered offenses in the nation. The Wildcats haven’t had a game total line set anything lower than 144 in their past 10 games, and even against this Butler team I think the 134 is set too low. Also note this is a game that should be very tight and could be heading into overtime. BET OVER 134.5.
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