Butler Giving too Many Points to Winthrop in South Region Matchup

Doug Upstone

Monday, March 13, 2017 6:58 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 13, 2017 6:58 PM UTC

The first game of the South Region on Thursday will be from Milwaukee, with No. 4 seed Butler taking a rather short trip from Indianapolis to face No. 13 Winthrop on TNT.

No. 13 Winthrop vs. No. 4 Butler

South Region, Milwaukee, Thursday, 1:30 pm ET


Winthrop Breakdown

The Eagles (26-6, 3-5 ATS) were tied for first place in the Big South and won the conference tournament to advance. This is Winthrop's first tourney appearance since 2010, when some coach named Gregg Marshall used to roam the Eagles sidelines. Winthrop is led by diminutive senior guard Keon Johnson, who averages 22.4 points per game at just 5-foot-7. The other Winthrop player to watch is 6-foot-8 Xavier Cooks, who chips in 16.2 points and also snares eight rebounds a contest. The opening college basketball odds had Winthrop at +11 with total of 143.


Butler Breakdown

Watched all the shows on Sunday night about the Big Dance and was rather surprised nobody mentioned Butler (23-8, 17-12 ATS) being as high as No. 4 seed, which seemed a little off. Regardless, the Bulldogs arrive on a two-game losing streak and will have to do much better on the glass to the right choice for college basketball picks as they were outrebounded by -23 in their last three outings. Butler features three main scorers in forwards Kelan Martin (16.1 PPG) and Andrew Chrabascz (11 ppg) and freshman guard Kamar Baldwin. Butler is not an easy team to read since it defeated No.1 overall seed Villanova twice but also lost to Indiana State, St. John's and Georgetown.


What To Watch For

Winthrop plays the kind of defense that can be problematic for Butler. This contest fits a profile I like of a hot smaller school team facing big conference program a little off their game. Not a big play, but will take the +11 and keep my fingers crossed the Bulldogs are still not sharp.

NCAAB Free Pick: Winthrop +11Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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