Can Butler Upset Duke?

The Madness concludes tonight with a tremendous title game between the Duke Blue Devils and Butler Bulldogs. Here’s the preview from

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Duke is a 7 ½-point favorite with a total of 128 ½-points. Game-time is 9:21 pm ET on CBS. Their last game was a 78-57 beatdown of West Virginia as 2 ½-point favorites.

Duke (34-5 SU, 23-13-2 ATS) is looking very much like a national champion. Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith are all capable of carrying the team, and they can still win if one struggles.

Inside play used to be the weak spot. However, power forward Lance Thomas has done a great job hitting the offensive boards, averaging almost four per game in the tourney.

Center Brian Zoubek is playing the best ball of his career. He’s averaging 10 total rebounds during March Madness. The Duke defense has been in shutdown mode, holding four of five opponents to 57 points or less.

Butler (33-4 SU, 17-20) is on a 25-game winning streak. Most of those victories were from the lowly Horizon League, but they’ve proven they’re for real now.

The last game was a 52-50 win over Michigan State as 1 ½-point favorites. Butler really struggled shooting, but won with a favorable turnover margin.   

The Bulldogs’ defense is also tremendous. No team has even scored 60 points on them in the last five. That includes Syracuse and Kansas State, the two top seeds from the West Region.  

Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack are the two main scorers, combining for about 30 PPG on the year. Hayward is averaging over 19 PPG the last three contests. He’s the real star of the team and will command the most attention.

Mack suffered from cramps last game and was limited to 25 minutes. Big man Matt Howard had a concussion, but should play.

Duke is 5-0 ATS during the tournament, while Butler is 4-1 ATS. The Blue Devils haven’t lost a home or neutral site game all year.

Can they make it one more and give Coach K his fourth national title?

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Posted: 4/5/10 3:16PM ET


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