Butler vs. LSU – March Madness Betting

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

March Madness odds have the LSU Tigers as 2.5 point favorites against the Butler Bulldogs in their South Regional matchup of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Tigers come into this March Madness betting matchup at 26-7 straight up and 13-12 against the spread while Butler is 26-5 and 16-12-1 against the pointspread.

March Madness odds have the 8th seeded Tigers favored slightly against the 9th seeded Bulldogs. This March Madness betting matchup is a fascinating one of contrasts. The Bulldogs love to shoot from the outside while LSU pounds the ball inside. The Tigers have Chris Johnson in the middle averaging 2.6 blocks per game. LSU is led by guard Marcus Thornton who was named SEC Player of the Year. He averaged 20.9 points per game during the regular season as March Madness betting stats indicate. LSU has three seniors so they shouldn’t have stage fright in this March Madness odds matchup. The problem for LSU could be their shooting. Other than Thornton they don’t have solid outside shooters and that could be a problem against Butler in this March Madness odds game.

The Bulldogs are simply a solid basketball team that does not beat themselves. Butler was 16-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent. If the Bulldogs lead at the half they will probably win as they were 19-1 this season when leading at the half. Butler is led by Horizon League Player of the Year, Matt Howard who led the league in field-goal percentage. March Madness odds information tells us that freshman Gordon Hayward ranked in the Top 10 in ten different categories this season for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs know how to win in March Madness odds. They made the Sweet Sixteen in 2003 and in 2007 in March Madness odds.

March Madness betting stats show that the Bulldogs are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games as an underdog. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 March Madness odds games. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the SEC as March Madness odds stats indicate.

The Tigers are 19-39-1 ATS in their last 59 games as a favorite. The Tigers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

In regards to the March Madness odds total, the Over is 6-1 in the Bulldogs last 7 neutral site games. The Over is 8-3 in the Bulldogs last 11 overall. The Under is 6-0 in the Tigers last 6 March Madness odds games.

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