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Butler Bulldogs – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Butler Bulldogs – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Butler Bulldogs (Overall: 23-8, Conf: 12-6)

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Team Strengths:

An efficient offense has been a staple for Butler over the past several seasons. This year’s version of the team is no different with the Bulldogs ranking 15th overall in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency with a rating of 118.9. The Bulldogs, who averages 76.9 PPG, shoot very well around the perimeter. They’re not heavily dependent on threes (17th in three-point attempts), but excel in two-point jumpers, which they knock down 44.1 percent of the time, sixth best in Division I basketball. And of course, for a team that operates an efficient offense, it’s not a surprise that Butler turns the ball over just 10.1 per game, seventh best in the nation. The Bulldogs are +5,000 to win the national title.

Team Weaknesses:

Andrew Chrabascz is a solid presence inside for the Bulldogs. He gives Butler plenty of positives—but not the imposing defensive presence inside. He is averaging just 0.3 blocks per game, which reflects the whole identity of Butler when it comes to rim protection. The Bulldogs are so easy to score on inside, averaging just 2.8 BPG. In addition, their opponents shoot 60.7% around the basket. Rebounding hasn’t been a strength of the Bulldogs. They are 325th overall in rebounds with 32.2 per contest.

Team Stats:

Category Stat Rank
Points Per Game 76.9 73
Rebounds Per Game 32.3 311
Blocks Per Game 2.8 227
3-Point Percentage 36.8 92
Free Throw Percentage 74.1 60

Starting Lineup:

Position Name PPG
F Andrew Chrabascz 11.1
F Tyler Wideman 7.5
G Kethan Savage 8.0
G Avery Woodson 8.9
G Kamar Baldwin 10.1

Writer’s Prediction:

Butler (+5,000) strikes out in the round of 32.

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Written by Rex

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