Butler vs North Carolina Sweet 16 Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Aaron . on March 22, 2017 in

Fourth-seeded Butler heads into the Sweet Sixteen having won six of their last eight, including a 74-65 win over Middle Tennessee State in the second round. Top seed North Carolina knocked off Arkansas, 72-65, winning their eighth game in their last ten. Will the betting favorite to win March Madness get an upset on Thursday night?

Butler vs North Carolina Sweet 16 Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:09pm ET
Where: FedExForum, Memphis
Radio: North Carolina / Butler
Stream Option: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: North Carolina (-7), O/U 153

Why should you bet on the Bulldogs?

Butler’s strength comes on defense — in their last seven games, their opponents have averaged fewer than 67 points per game. Their shooting also showed up big-time against Middle Tennessee State, as they knocked down 51.1% of their shots, including 53.3% from behind the arc. Kelan Martin led the way with 19 points, Andrew Chrabascz added 15, and Kamar Baldwin chipped in 13. When their offense goes cold, though, they rely on that quick rotation on defense to limit their opponents’ opportunities at penetration and open jump shots.

Why should you put your money on the Tar Heels?

Against Arkansas, North Carolina opened a huge lead, but then Arkansas came back to take a lead late before the Tar Heels reasserted themselves to win by seven. Even though Arkansas just shot 43.3% from the floor, they made some key shots when they needed the most during the comeback. The Tar Heels need to shoot better against Butler, as they made only 38.1% of their shots from the floor, including 29.4% from downtown. While Kennedy Meeks led all Tar Heels with 16 points, Justin Jackson added 15 and Joel Berry II put up 10, they need a better offensive night all the way around to overcome a Butler defense that is better than what the Razorbacks mustered.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Butler has played well in their two contests thus far, but North Carolina is a new caliber of foe in comparison to whom they have played so far. I like the Tar Heels to win, 78-69.