Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Butler Bulldogs
The Butler Bulldogs are 3-point favorites over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Horizon League finals this afternoon for an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.Â The over/under total for the game is 134.Â This game is being played in Milwaukee.
In the Horizon League semifinals Butler beat Cleveland 76-68 and Milwaukee beat Valparaiso 70-63. Butler lost both games to Milwaukee this season, but it is always hard to beat a team 3 times in a season in college hoops. When these 2 teams met right after the New Year in Milwaukee the Panthers laid a 76-52 beat down on the Bulldogs. In that game the Bulldogs could not hit water if they fell out of a boat shooting 38.9% from the floor while the Panthers were on fire shooting 55.3%. Milwaukee does not have a good defense ranking 226th in the nation in opponents points per game giving up 70 points per game and in their last 3 games they have struggled giving up an average of 77 points per game. That is not good facing a Butler team that ranks 64th in the nation in scoring and is hot winning their last 8 games. One of the main reasons Butler has been on fire is their defense. They rank 101st in the nation in opponents points per game, but in their last 3 games they are giving up 7 fewer points than their season average.
Butler is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games as road favorites and is 0-6 against the spread in their last six games following an against the spread win.Â Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games.Â I am taking the Butler Bulldogs minus the 3 points in tonights game.Â The experience they gained from last years tournament run will help them in this crucial, pressure packed game.Â I believe the game will be close, but Butler will run-away with the win in the 2nd half.Â Take Butler minus the 3-points in this conference championship game.
Butler Bulldogs -3 Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers