Butler and Georgetown are probably both “in” when it comes to the upcoming NCAA tournament, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun watching and betting Tuesday night's Hoyas-Bulldogs bout at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Hoyas-Bulldogs Betting Odds
The NCAA basketball odds opened their betting on this game with Butler favored by three points, the total proffered at around 128. In the early betting the spread held steady, while the total got bumped to 129.
Butler is actually a very pleasant surprise this season; we figured the Bulldogs would probably finish in the bottom half of the Big East again this season. But instead they have a chance to finish as high as second in a pretty good conference, and they're headed back to the Big Dance, after missing out last season.
Butler has won two games in a row, following its 67-53 victory at DePaul Saturday. The Bulldogs led by 10 points early, later trailed the Blue Demons by six with about 14 minutes to go, then took over with a 26-3 run, and covered at -6. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the floor, which helped overcome 17 turnovers.
Last Wednesday Butler beat Marquette 73-52, covering at -8.
Georgetown, meanwhile, had won three in a row, but lost at St. John's Saturday 81-70. The Hoyas trailed by 11 at the half and never got within single-digits from there. G-Town shot just 38 percent from the floor Saturday, and made just 10 of 19 free-throws.
Going back a bit the Hoyas are only 4-4 SU, 3-5 ATS over their last eight games.
Villanova has already won the Big East, and only the top two teams earn first-round byes for next week's Big East tournament. Butler sits in second place at the moment at 11-5 in conference play, with Georgetown tied for third with Providence at 10-6. The battle for second place actually means something.
By the Numbers
Butler is shooting 45 percent from the floor this season, while holding opponents to 41 percent shooting.
Georgetown is shooting 46 percent from the floor, while holding foes to just under 40 percent FG shooting.
These teams have already split two meetings this season. Back in November Butler beat Georgetown 64-58 in the Bahamas; then Jan. 17 the Hoyas hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to win 61-59 in DC. But the Bulldogs won that first meeting outright as three-point dogs, and covered the second meeting as four-point dogs.
Both those games played UNDER their totals, 129 for both games, as Butler shot a combined 44 percent from the floor, Georgetown just 41 percent.
Georgetown is 12-12 on the OVER/UNDERS this season, as Hoyas games have averaged 137 points.
Butler is 11-14 on the totals, as Bulldogs games have averaged 131 points. They've also played four UNDERS in a row, because they've held three of their last four opponents to 56 points or less.
Butler F Andrew Chrabascz (11 points, four boards per game) has missed the last four games with a broken bone in his hand, and it appears he'll miss this game, too.
Hoyas-Bulldogs Free Pick
Georgetown kind of laid an egg last time out, but we wouldn't be surprised if the Hoyas bounced back with an improved performance tonight. Meanwhile, Butler hasn't exactly been burning up the betting boards, recently losing four games in a row ATS, indicating the Bulldogs might be a tad overrated by both the odds makers and the betting public. So we'll take Georgetown tonight with your college basketball picks; for the win, getting +135 on the moneyline at BetDSI.