Tony George here with your Sweet 16 pick on the Middle Tennessee vs. Butler game. Be sure to check out more free picks here.
Middle Tennessee vs Butler (-3.5)
Middle Tennessee was CG Technologies (Run 7 Books in Vegas) biggest liability on Thursday according to my friend CG Tech. COO Matt Holt. And they took the books money and funded the Public with a big public side winner. Does the Public follow them up against mighty Butler today? Word is they are, but I am going to lay it here.
No Doubt MTU is a good team and Potts and Upshaw could play for almost anyone, but you simply cannot ignore the resume Butler brings into this Tourney. Wins over Arizona, Villanova, Xavier, Indiana, Northwestern, Cincy, Bucknell and Vandy, all post season teams! They also handled Winthrop by getting the spread win (11) by a single point in round 1 with a 12 point win and it was not even that close honestly. Butler hit some 3's in that game and looked better on offense than they have recently as well which is good news for Bulldog backers.
Butler is a battle tested team that is well coached and this is going to be a stiff tests no doubt as MTU is rolling and won all 3 conference tourney games by double digits and took out an overrated Minnesota team in Round 1 by 9 points, the classic 12 vs 5 seed upset. The Blue Raiders defense provides issues for Butler whose offense can struggle, but Butler has lost 4 straight years in the second round and I think this season they break the streak and get a win here by 6.
Free Play on Butler -3.5
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