Butler finds the shoe on the other foot in this year's dance with the Bulldogs the favorite and possibly ripe for an upset against the UTEP Miners from C-USA.
In the West Region of the NCAA tournament, the 5/12 matchup between UTEP and Butler with Butler favored by 2½ has become one of the most-debated lines in the opening round.
For years Butler was an underrated mid-major sleeper, consistently challenging and covering as a lower seed against name-brand teams from major conferences. But 2010 might see a reversal of fortunes for the Bulldogs, as they are now the favored seed and ripe for an upset when they face a talented upstart team.
On Tuesday, SBR.tv’s Peter Loshak had a lengthy phone interview with highly-regarded college basketball handicapper Edward from Right Angle Sports, and one of the games they discussed was UTEP/Butler. It turned out that Edward had a solid lean on this game, and did in fact bet a side in it. Edward’s lean agreed with those of other SBR posters, one of which gets mention in the video of the interview.
Does UTEP have the talent and matchup edge to justify a play as a small dog? Or does Butler’s combination of a quality mid-major roster and experience and discipline give them the edge to come out on top?
Watch the video and find out, as Loshak and Edward touch on some key factors involved.
To watch the rest of this interview and heard all of Edward’s analysis, check out the thread on SBRForum.com. For more analysis of this game, read LT Profits' take on the contest.