Middle Tennessee vs Butler March Madness Betting Predicition, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 17, 2017 in

Twelfth-seeded Middle Tennessee State University (31-4) has done it again, knocking off a higher seed in the field of 64, as they knocked off fifth-seeded Minnesota, 81-72, on Thursday. Now they face fourth-seeded Butler (24-8), who eliminated 13th-seeded Winthrop in the opening round, 76-64. Middle Tennessee State looks to advance to the Sweet 16 this year after having that dream extinguished by Syracuse in the second round last year. Here’s a closer look at the college basketball lines for the game.

Middle Tennessee vs Butler March Madness Betting Predicition, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:10pm ET
Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Middle Tennessee / Butler
NCAAB Odds: Butler -4

Why should you bet on the Blue Raiders?

A year ago, Middle Tennessee State shot 55.9 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from downtown against second-seeded Michigan State in that shocking victory. In the next round against Syracuse, those numbers dropped to 29.7 percent and 33.3 percent. This year, the Blue Raiders opened the tournament hot, led by 19 points from Reggie Upshaw. Along with JaCorey Williams, the team’s leading scorer for the year, Upshaw could push the Blue Raiders to another win with timely shooting. Middle Tennessee State plays a swarming defense that could overwhelm a Butler team that had its hands full with Winthrop until garbage time.

Why should you put your money on the Bulldogs?

The shooting of Avery Woodson carried Butler against Winthrop, as he went 6 for 10 from downtown to total 18 points. Reserve guard Tyler Lewis took the game over after halftime, penetrating that Winthrop D time after time, getting to the rim to finish with nine points and eight assists. That combination was more important than anything Butler was able to muster on offense, as Winthrop could not keep up on the scoreboard — their shooting simply didn’t stay as hot. If Butler can terrorize the Middle Tennessee State defense in the same fashion, they should be able to win.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Middle Tennessee State was the better team against Minnesota — that pair of seedings simply had to do with that age-old story of the selection committee’s bias for the power conference teams. They’re not  better than Butler, but they could push them to the limit. I predict a final score of Butler 76, Middle Tennessee State 71.