Thu, Mar 17, 2:25pm by Kevin Pitstock
When: 5:40 PM AEST Friday, March 18, 2011
Where: Verizon Center Washington, DC
This match-up features the #8 and #9 seeds in the region facing each other for a chance at #1. The Butler Bulldogs ended the regular season at 23-9 face the Old Dominion Monarchs who are 27-6. Butler is a member of the Horizon League and the Monarchs represent the CAA.
Old Dominion has won 9 of their last ten games and were winners of their conference tournament while Butler defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee to be victorious in their tournament. The Bulldogs have won 9 of their last 10 games.The winner will most likely get to face Pittsburgh in the next game. Before we check the odds at Iasbet let’s preview each team and then make our expert pick for your bet.
Last years runner-up in the National Championship game, Butler is led in scoring by Matt Howard and his 16.7 points per game. He also grabs over 7 rebounds a game and blocks one shot every two games. Guard Shelvin Mack doles out 3.6 assists per game while Andrew Smith connects on 63% of his field goal attempts. Ronald Nored makes 1.2 steals per game.
The team averages 73 points per game and allows 65 to opponents. the successfully connect on 45% of the field goal attempts with 36% coming from the 3-point line. Free throw shooting is 73% accuracy. Rebounding is good with 34.8 per game while holding the other team to 28.5 a game.
Old Dominion Overview
Frank Hassell handles most of the offensive categories for the Monarchs as he averages 15 points a game and 9.6 rebounds. He also shoots 56% from the field and adds 1.3 blocks a game. Darius James adds 3.2 assists per game and Kent Bazemore makes 2.3 steals a game to lead Old Dominion.
The team scores 65.8 points per game and defensively they allow 58 points. As a team they shoot 44% from the field, 33% from beyond the 3-point arc and 66% from the charity stripe. Rebounding is a huge plus for Old Dominion as they grab 40 per game and allow only 25 to their opposition per game.
Pick and Prediction
Butler has tourney experience coming into this game. They score more points and shoot slightly better than the Monarchs. Free throw shooting may be the key with Butler grabbing the advantage for that category. Rebounding is a major plus for Old Dominion as they are very stingy in allowing opponents near the glass for boards. Checking the odds courtesy of Iasbet has Old Dominion -2 and our pick is that they will cover the spread for this game.
Our Pick: Bet Old Dominion -2 at Iasbet
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