Texas Tech vs Butler R64 March Madness Spread Analysis

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on March 16, 2016 in

In the 8/9 game out of the Midwest Region, the Red Raiders of Texas Tech will take on the Bulldogs of Butler. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina. The winner of this March Madness Odds bout will take on the winner of the Virginia Cavaliers and Hampton Pirates. The 8th seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders finished 7th in the Big 12th, with a 19-12 overall record. The Red Raiders were beat in the Big 12 tournament by the Horned Frogs of TCU. For Butler, they finished 5th in the Big East, and held a 21-10 overall record. The Bulldogs lost to Providence in the tournament 74-60.

How To Bet on Texas Tech vs. Butler March Madness Odds, TV and Game Info

What: Butler Bulldogs (21-10) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-12)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 12:40 PM ET
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Spread: Butler -2.5
Moneyline: Butler -150
Game Total: 148.5
Watch: TruTV
Stream:  Tru TV
Listen: Texas Tech at Butler

Why Bet on Butler

The Butler Bulldogs won three straight games, before losing in the Big East tournament to Providence. Those three wins came over Georgetown, Seton Hall and Marquette. The Bulldogs are scoring over 80 points per game, anchored by guard Kellen Dunham. Dunham is scoring 16.3 points per game, while Roosevelt Jones is also scoring 14 points, and dishing out 4.7 assists per game. The Bulldogs started their regular season with 11 wins in their first 12 games. The lone loss for Butler during that stretch was against the Miami Hurricanes.

Why Bet on Texas Tech

Texas Tech is battled tested coming out of the Big 12 conference. The Red Raiders are still seeking their 20th win of the season. Texas Tech lost road games at Kansas and West Virginia, before wrapping up the regular season with a win over Kansas State. The upset loss to TCU had the Red Raiders reeling, which many were shocked by a 8 seed. The top scorer for the Red Raiders has been guard Toddrick Gotcher, with 11.1 per game. Texas Tech is scoring 72.4 points per game, while allowing their opponents to score 69.8 per game.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Butler Bulldogs are a program that have seen success in the NCAA tournament in recent seasons. The problem is, those are with different players, and a different head coach. Neither of these teams has a great advantage with experience in the Big Dance. The Red Raiders are going to want to score, and score quick ,where Butler will be a little more deliberate. Look for this to be a tight game, much like you would expect from an 8/9 game in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In the end, the bet at MyBookie.ag is the Texas Tech Red Raiders +4 over the Butler Bulldogs.

The final score prediction is Butler 73 and Texas Tech 72.