Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball Las Vegas Odds & Free Sports Picks: Butler Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Friday, March 24, 2017
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#4 Butler Bulldogs vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels

Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball Las Vegas Odds & Free Sports Picks: Butler Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels

Bulldogs: 25-8 (5-1 N)
Tar Heels: 29-7 (7-2 N)
When: 7:09 PM ET, Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: CBS

The top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, who will take part in their third Sweet Sixteen in a row, will attempt to reach the Elite Eight again this year as they prepare to tangle against the fourth-seeded Butler Bulldogs in a South Region showdown set to be staged on Friday at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Bulldogs, who compete in the Big East Conference are still not appreciated as a top-contender in an elite program yet have missed only two NCAA Tournament appearances since 2007 and have been runners-up twice during that stretch. Butler is a very dangerous team indeed, they managed to take down Villanova and Xavier twice this season as well as Arizona. Both the Musketeers and Arizona are still dancing.

The Bulldogs weren’t really tested thus far in the Tournament beating middleweight contenders Winthrop and Middle Tennessee. The “Butler Way” will have to be on full display Friday against last year’s NCAA Tournament runner-up Tar Heels, though NCU escaped a major disaster when they squandered a 17-point first half lead against Arkansas in the second round. The Tar Heels ended trailing the Razorbacks by five with 3:30 minutes left in the game but a 12-0 run is always welcomed in dire situations.

The Tar Heels used with great defensive efficiency and ended the game on a winning note. Rebounding will be key in this matchup as the Tar Heels are first in the nation in that department while the Bulldogs are atrocious off the boards. A slow pace exerted by the Bulldogs would seem to be only option for Butler to keep up with the Heels. NCU will not be fooled by the strategy but do expect a close game with Butler covering in a loss.

BetOnline has the North Carolina listed as 7½-point favorites and the game's total is sitting at 153.

#4 Butler Bulldogs vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball Las Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
877 Butler
152½
878 North Carolina
-7
  Moneyline
+256/-315

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North Carolina was a 72-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Razorbacks. They failed to cover the -11.5-point spread as favorites.

In their last action, Butler was a 74-65 winner at home against Blue Raiders. They covered the -2.5-point spread as favorites.

#4 Butler Bulldogs vs. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball Las Vegas Odds & Trends

Butler:
Butler is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Butler is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Butler's last 5 games

North Carolina:
North Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina's last 9 games

Free Sports Picks: North Carolina -7½ at BetOnline

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