The 5th seeded Butler Bulldogs, who play in the Horizon League, will square off with one of the four number 1 seeds, the Duke Blue Devils, in tonight’s college basketball National Championship game to conclude the exciting March Madness tournament. The Butler Bulldogs have been on a tear all season with their 33-4 record, which included an undefeated 18-0 in the weaker Horizon League. The Duke Blue Devils were named to one of the last number 1 seeds with a great 34-5 overall record, including 13-3 in their ACC play. Many ignored the Bulldog’s spectacular record coming into the NCAA tournament this year, mainly because of playing in a weak Horizon League conference, but they have definitely proved they can play, knocking off Syracuse, Kansas State and most recently Michigan State on their road to this final game. Everybody knew not to count the Duke Blue Devils out of championship contention, being a team that had made 14 Final Four appearances in just 33 tournament appearances coming into this year, but many had them being the 1st or 2nd number one seed to be knocked out of the tournament. Both teams have battled hard all tournament, showing characteristics that championship teams have, and we can be sure that tonight’s game will be full of excitement. The oddsmakers have surprised me, setting Duke as the favorite by a fairly large 7 points against a Butler team that always seems to play tight defense. Below you will find our Butler vs Duke national championship prediction, along with the betting odds and lines.
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Duke vs Butler Line and Betting Odds:
Duke -7.5 (-115)
vs Butler+7.5 (-105)
vs Butler (+280)
Over 129 (-105)
Under 129 (-115)
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Duke vs Butler Betting Trends:
Duke is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite
Duke is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 NCAA tournament games
Duke is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs a team with a winning % above .600
Butler is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
Butler is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog of 7.0-12.5 points
Butler is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs ACC teams
Duke vs Butler Betting Predictions:
Spread Prediction – This Butler team has surprised everyone with their great shutdown defense, and impressive play. Butler has a maybe the top NBA prospect on the floow in 6’9 forward Gordon Hayward who can shoot the 3 ball, as well as play outstanding defense. Although I have this Duke Blue Devils team to win the game due to experience and coaching, Butler will make a hell of a game out of it, and keep within the 7.5 point spread. BET ON BUTLER +7.5 AT BODOG.COM.
Over Under Prediction – The under is 4-0 in Butler’s last 4 games overall, and 6-2 in their last 8 games when they are an underdog of 7.0-12.5 points. The under is 12-5 in the Blue Devils last 17 game overall, and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5 points. Everything is pointing to the under, and I have the final score being Duke 66 Butler 61. BET THE UNDER 129 AT BODOG.COM.