Butler Bulldogs vs. UConn Huskies
The NCAA Championship game is finally upon us with a matchup between the Butler Bulldogs and the UConn Huskies.Â The UConn Huskies are 4-point favorites over Butler with an over/under total set at 129.
The Butler Bulldogs are 28-9 overall and 23 -12 against the spread.Â They advanced to the championship game by beating 11th seed VCU 70-62 as 3-point favorites. Guard Shelvin Mack scored 24 points for Butler on 8-of-11 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Forward Jamie Skeen had 27 points for VCU, showing a very nice inside and outside game. The 132 combined points scored snuck just er the 131-point total. Late Butler free throws after intentional fouls were the difference. The er is 3-2 for Butler this tournament. Butler has now won 14 straight games and is 7-0 against the spread dating back to the start of the Horizon League tournament. Eighth-seed Butler is trying to match the 1985 Villanova Wildcats as the lowest-seeded school to capture the title. Butler lost 61-59 to Duke in thrilling fashion in last years championship game, but easily vered the seven-point spread. That game also went der the 128-point total. The 1998 Kentucky squad was the last to win the national championship after losing in the title game the year before.
The UConn Huskies are 31-9 overall and 22-12 against the spread.Â They beat Kentucky to get to the finals 56-55 as 2-point underdogs. The 111 combined points scored went way der the 138-point total. The der is 4-1 for Connecticut in this tournament, with the defense allowing just 59 points per game. Connecticut All-American point guard Kemba Walker had to work for his 18 points. He was 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range. Connecticut has won 10 straight games starting with winning the Big East Tournament as a No. 9 seed. The only ver failure was a 65-63 win over Arizona in the Elite Eight as 3-point favorites. The Huskies are perfect outside of Big East regular season play, going 22-0 overall and 15-1 against the spread.
The team that commits the fewest turnovers will win this championship game.Â UConns guards will need to play as well as they have the past 10 games to beat a feisty Butler team that has surprised us all by reaching the championship game for 2 2nd straight year.Â I feel UConn will win the title game and cover the 4-point spread due to the fact that Kemba Walkers and his young guard mates are playing especially well.Â I will lay the 4-points and take the UConn Huskies.
UConn Huskies -4 Butler Bulldogs