The No. 5 seed Butler Bulldogs (31 – 4) will be facing the No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats (29 – 7) Saturday March 27, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. www.sportsbook.com has the Kansas State Wildcats as the favorites by 4 points and the over / under at 134.5 points.
The Butler Bulldogs have been overlooked since this 2010 NCAA tournament started just over a week ago, but here they are; in the Elite 8 after having tossing No. 1 seed Syracuse Orange aside on Thursday night. The Butler Bulldogs have now won 23 consecutive games, very impressive, and are moving on to the Elite 8 for the first time in the school’s history. The Butler Bulldogs held the Orangemen, which also led the nation in field goal percentage this season with .517, to only 43.8 percent shooting and limited the Orange to just 59 points in the game. The Butler Bulldogs got huge shots from Willie Veasly, the team's defensive stopper, and Gordon Hayward, who also drained all four of his free throw shots in the final seconds of the game. The Butler Bulldogs have now won 31 games by blowout wins and clutch performances down the stretch in close games to show they belong.
If you did not watch the Kansas State versus Xavier game Thursday night, you missed perhaps the most exciting game of the 2010 NCAA Tournament so far. Huge shot after shot from both teams in a up and down, two overtime classic that the Kansas State Wildcats ultimately pulled out after a Jacob Pullen three pointer with 31 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Pullen and backcourt teammate Denis Clemente, who pretty much carried the team through the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, came up with another big, almost magical performance, combining to make 53 points, grab 9 rebounds, give out 8 assists and had just two turnovers in 88 minutes of play. But more importantly for Coach Frank Martin's team, however, was the play of forwards Curtis Kelly, who got 21 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 5 blocks, giving the Kansas State Wildcats a foremost inside presence on both sides of the floor. With Clemente and Pullen creating for other teammates and draining their shots on the outside and Kelly dominating the paint, Kansas State looked like a Final Four caliber team.
The backcourt duo of Pullen and Clemente give Kansas State Wildcats a decent opportunity every night. With the two of them playing, and shooting the ball so well, Frank Martin's team is going to be tough to beat. With the spread being only 4 points, www.sportsbook.com, this will not be hard to cover. However the over / under which is at 134.5 is a little harder to predict, I’d keep away from that bet.