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NCAAB: Fighting Irish vs Bulldogs Predictions

College basketball betting sees the Notre Dame Fighting Irish taking on the Butler Bulldogs on Saturday March 21 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA Tournament long.

Sorry Hoosier fans but these are the best teams in Indiana right now.

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#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (30-5) vs. #6 Butler Bulldogs Predictions (23-10)
Saturday March 21
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
NCAAB Betting Line:  Notre Dame -4.5
NCAAB Betting Total:  133.5
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Should be a good chess match between teams that execute well.

Notre Dame

The Irish have been highly ranked most of the season and won the ACC Tournament but I am still not sure just how good they really.

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They got by Northeastern but in doing so their lack of depth was exposed, especially inside where they really only have a couple of viable options. It is quite possible this team is poised to go on a solid run but I also think they could lose at any stage, even to Butler. They might be worthy of some half time wagers as you get a feel for how they are playing in a specific game.

Fortunately for ND they have a small but very effective group of players. Zach Auguste, when he was on the floor, was their best weapon against Northeastern with 25 points. There is no reason to think he cannot have a similarly easy time against Butler. Jerian Grant, the Irish’s best player took a little while to get going but once he did he was also a very good scoring option and he can be even better.


If I am not sure how good Notre Dame is than I am really not sure about Butler.

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They were very good in the Big East this season and they have proven that they can slow down the pace and frustrate good teams, they beat North Carolina and nearly took down Villanova too. I thought their lack of size would really hurt them against Texas but they were able to overcome and this team is very good at closing out games so you don’t want to be chasing them from behind.

Against Texas Roosevelt Jones, their second leading scorer and top distributor, tweaked a knee. They were able to get by without getting much from him in that game but I think they are really going to need his offense in this one.

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Kellen Dunham will also need to have a strong game because this one is more likely to play in the 70s than the 50s, I think. If it does they might not be able to keep up.

NCAAB Betting Trends:

  • Under is 8-0-1 in BUT last 9 overall.

NCAAB Betting Prediction:  Notre Dame -4.5

I think this is the end of the line for Butler.

NCAA Score Prediction:  Notre Dame 72 – Butler 63

Notre Dame is just too proficient on offense and the game will ultimately get away from them.

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