Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday March 19th, 2015. At 2:45 PM EST on the CBS Television Network.
The (20-13) and number eleven seed Texas Longhorns of the Big-Twelve Conference makes the trip to the “STEEL CITY”. Texas will play the (22-10) and #6 seed Butler Bulldogs of the Big East Conference in 2015 NCAA Tournament action. The teams will play at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the Midwest Region. This Sports Handicapper believes the Texas Longhorns got a break from the NCAA Tournament committee. Butler exceeded all expectations this season, most experts had the Bulldogs in the NIT. The opening betting line has Butler as a two-point underdog on a neutral site Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 123′ for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Texas Longhorn lost to Iowa State in the Big Twelve Tournament semi-finals in Kansas City. Texas led the game by double digits, but let the Cyclones win on a last second basket. Texas scores nearly sixty-eight points per contest. The Longhorns defense ranks 24th nationally, allowing opponents 60.4. Sophomore Guard Isaiah Taylor is the team’s leading scorer with thirteen points per game. Senior Forward Jonathan Holmes is the leader in the frontcourt. Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes is consistent with his philosophy and has an eye for talent. The betting odds over the total are 9-2 the Longhorns last eleven NCAA Tournament games. The Texas Longhorns are 3-1-1 their last five Free NCAA Basketball Betting Predictions away from home, going over the betting odds total once and staying under the betting odds total four times. Barnes plays to his strengths, the Longhorns are usually an up and down team. This season the Longhorns are more defensive oriented, and they must contest open shots, Butler can make open jumpers. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Texas at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Championship.
The 2015 Butler Bulldogs lost to Xavier in the opening round of the 2015Big East Tournament in New York City. The Bulldogs impressive resume’ got them into the field of sixty-eight. The Butler basketball program proves themselves season after season. Head Coach Brandon Miller is picking up where former coach Brad Stevens left off. Butler has improved dramatically, last season the Bulldogs went 4-14 in Big East play. The 2015 Bulldogs are 12-6 in Conference play. The Bulldogs ranks sixty-seventh in the nation scoring the basketball. It’s at the other end of the court where the Bulldogs get it done. Butler allows opponents 61.2 points per contest, second in the Big East. The 1-2 punch of Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones can score points. The Butler Bulldogs are 4-6 ATS their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total seven times, staying under the betting odds total twice and has a push. Butler can’t match the athleticism of Texas, but the Indianapolis-based Bulldogs are fundamentally sound. Bovada has Butler at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Basketball title.