Minnesota vs. Butler NCAA Basketball Betting

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

NCAA basketball betting on Thanksgiving includes an ESPN 2 televised matchup between two Top 25 teams as #12 Butler faces #22 Minnesota in Anaheim, California.

Both teams come into the game unbeaten so this has the potential to be an excellent early season college basketball betting matchup.

NCAA basketball betting has been successful in recent seasons on Butler and it could be again this year as the Bulldogs are highly respected. Last season they started 8-0 and they have a chance to be just as good this NCAA basketball betting year. The Bulldogs have already beaten Northwestern this NCAA basketball betting season so they will look to add another victory against a Big 10 team to their results. Butler has won six of their last seven overall against Big 10 teams. "I don’t know that it’s against the Big Ten or anyone else. Our guys like to play, they like to play together," coach Brad Stevens said, "Whoever they’re playing against, they’re not worried about their conference affiliation."

Minnesota is 3-0 this season but hasn’t played anyone of consequence. They were missing leading scorer Lawrence Westbrook in last week’s 76-51 victory over Utah Valley State. "We’re a lot more athletic than we were last year, and we’ve got a lot more guys that complement each other," forward Damian Johnson said. "If me and Al (Nolen) trap someone, we always have somebody long like Rodney who can get a steal."

Butler has more quality wins this year in NCAA basketball betting but Minnesota will be a stiffer test than Northwestern or Evansville.  The Bulldogs didn’t play well against Evansville but still won 64-60 although they didn’t come close to covering the NCAA basketball betting number.

The winner of this NCAA basketball betting matchup will meet either UCLA or Portland on Friday. Minnesota has not done well overall in NCAA basketball betting. The Golden Gophers are 5-13 in college basketball betting in their last 18 games overall.  They have not done well in NCAA basketball betting in neutral site games as they are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.

Butler is 4-0-1 in college basketball betting in their last 5 vs. the Big Ten. The Bulldogs are 36-15-1 in NCAA basketball betting in their last 52 non-conference games.  The problem is that Butler is only 1-6 in NCAA basketball betting in their last 7 games overall. They are also poor at neutral sites as they are 0-4 in college basketball betting in their last 4 neutral site games.

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