The Butler Bulldogs (23-8) are the No. 4 seed in the South Region, and will take on the No. 13 seed Winthrop Eagles (26-6). The game will be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI on Thursday March 16.
Preview: Butler clinched the No. 4 seed with big wins over Arizona, Villanova, Indiana, and Cincinnati. They are led by junior forward Kelan Martin, who averages 16.1 points per game.
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Winthrop reached the tournament by defeating Campbell in the Big South Tournament. They are led by senior guard Keon Johnson, who averages 22.5 points per game. You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 1:30 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TNT
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington
Opening Betting Line: Butler -12, via OddsShark
Butler’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was last season. As a No. 9 seed, the Bulldogs made it to the Second Round, where they lost to No. 1 Virginia by a score of 77-69.
Winthrop’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2010. The Eagles lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Opening Round by a score of 61-44
Prediction: Butler is a better all-around team with more talent than Winthrop. As long as the Bulldogs slow down Johnson, they will be able to dominate from the opening whistle. Butler takes it.