Butler (23-8) vs. Winthrop (26-6) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Butler vs. Winthrop fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 16
Game Time: 1:30 ET
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
All You Really Need To Know About Butler
(Big East) RPI: 15, 4 seed
Which Butler team will show up? Will it be the one that took down Villanova twice? Or the one that lost to Seton Hall and, in the Big East Tournament, to Xavier?
The Bulldogs move the ball well, force a ton of turnovers, and hit just about everything inside the arc – and they can connect from outside, too, and make free throws. But when they bog down, they go into a major lull when the mediocre interior D isn’t getting the job done. Against teams with weak backcourts, though, they’ll roll.
All You Really Need To Know About Winthrop
(Big South) 26-6 RPI: 70, 13 seed
How hot are the Eagles? The only loses since December 3rd came in two overtime games and a two-point loss to Radford. Granted, they got ripped up by Florida State and Dayton, but they beat Illinois in overtime.
Fantastic inside, it’s one of the best shot blocking teams with Duke Okeke and Xavier Cooks two strong inside presences. With those two inside, and great three-point shooting – averaging 9.5 threes per game – it’s an interesting team that won’t just roll over early.
What’s Going To Happen
Butler is just okay at the moment – caveat thrown in, again, that it beat Villanova in late February – and Winthrop is on.
Is this when the Bulldogs suddenly turn it on and find their groove? Maybe, if the Eagles start turning the ball over and aren’t hitting their threes. The Big South champ is just good enough inside and out to pull out the big upset, but the Butler D will survive in the final few minutes in a thriller.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Butler 74, Winthrop 69
Line: Butler -11
ATS Confidence: 2
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