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Michigan State vs. Butler Final Four Betting Odds

Written by:
Johnny Detroit
Published on:
Apr/02/2010
Michigan State vs. Butler Final Four Betting Odds

Michigan State vs. Butler Final Four betting odds were listed at Butler -1 at Bookmaker.com.

The Michigan St. Spartans and the Butler Bulldogs meet in the Final Four this evening with the winner getting the opportunity to play for the NCAA Championship. Butler is a 1 point favorite, with a total of 126 points tonight. CBS will broadcast the game at 6:07 EDT.

Butler is living a dream right now, so pardon the smiles on their faces. Butler is the first Final Four team to play in their hometown since UCLA played in Los Angeles in 1971. To get to Lucas Oil Stadium, Butler had to travel by bus for a mere 7.3 miles! Butler is in the Final Four mainly for their defense, as they've held each of their Tournament opponents under 60 PTS. Butler has won each of their past 2 games as the listed underdog. The Bulldogs are 32-4 SU and 16-20 ATS overall this season. Butler was a perfect 15-0 SU at home this season, and 17-4 SU in both road games and neutral court settings this season. Butler is 8-6 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. Butler went 8-8 ATS in non-conference games this season. While underrated, Butler has won a nation best 24 consecutive games SU. 4 different Bulldogs average double figures in PTS this season, led by F Gordon Hayward. Hayward averages a team best 15.5 PPG and 8.2

RPG this season for Butler. G Shelvin Mack averages 14.2 PPG this season, including nearly 2 three pointers made per game. Butler is a very balanced team, as 5 different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring over their last 10 games.

Note that Michigan State vs. Butler was getting nearly even action at Bookmaker.com heading into Saturday.

The Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 8-1 ATS in the Bulldogs last 9 games overall. Butler has stayed healthy nearly all season long, with today being no exception. The Bulldogs don't even list an injury report tonight.

Projected Score from PreGame.com: 59

Coach Izzo is getting the majority of the respect for Michigan St. as they prepare to step on the court for yet another Final Four. This is the 6th time in 12 seasons Michigan St. has made it to the Final Four. Michigan St. has survived injuries to their star players, including PG Kalin Lucas. Backup PG Korie Lucious has done an admirable job filling in for the injured star, as he has more than held his own against other tournament teams. The Spartans have won all 4 NCAA Tournament games by a total of 13 PTS. Despite the close margin of victory, the Spartans are 3-1 ATS during the NCAA Tournament. Overall Michigan St. is 28-8 SU and 15-20 ATS this season. The Spartans are 13-6 SU and 10-9 ATS this season, including 5-2 SU in neutral court games. Michigan St. is 4-3 both SU and ATS this season as the listed underdog. The Spartans have struggled both in non-conference play and against teams with a winning record. Michigan St. was 6-10 ATS in non-conference play and 8-15 ATS against teams with a winning record this season. G Durrell Summers only averaged 11.2 PPG during the season, yet he has come alive in the NCAA Tournament. Summers is coming off a 21 point performance in his last game and was voted Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player.

The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as the listed underdog. The over is 4-0 in the Spartans last 4 NCAA Tournament games as the listed underdog. Michigan St. has been riddled with injuries this postseason, as they have had to endure injuries to their top 2 guards. Point Guard Kalin Lucas is out for the season with a foot injury, while Guard Chris Allen is also nursing a foot injury. Allen is listed as probable to play tonight.

Pregame.com projects the final score to be 65-59 in favor of Michigan St. tonight. Michigan St. +1 is the Play of the Day!

Johnny Detroit, Gambling911.com 

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