Is Butler the play vs. Texas Tech?
Ninth-seeded Butler finds itself as a favorite when it takes on eighth-seeded Texas Tech today at 12:40PM ET. Should the Bulldogs be your pick?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Butler is the slight favorite in this game, as the Bulldogs are getting odds of -4 points against Texas Tech. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 147 points. These two meet in the second round of the Midwest Region from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Butler is 21-10 overall, 3-2 on a neutral floor and 16-14-1 against the spread. Texas Tech is 19-12 overall, 2-2 on a neutral floor and 15-13 against the spread. Both teams earned at-large bids into March Madness as Butler was 10-9 in Big East play while Texas Tech was 9-10 in the Big 12. These two haven’t met since 2007 when Butler picked up an 81-71 road win.
Butler comes in pretty hot, as the Bulldogs have covered the spread in eight of their last 10. Butler also is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against Big 12 opponents. Texas Tech has lost three of its last four games and is just 2-3 ATS in its last five. The Red Raiders are also just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 at a neutral site and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 against Big East opponents. Butler should be able to handle themselves today despite being the higher seed.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: BUTLER -4