Butler vs Old Dominion: NCAA Preview & Predictions

    
March 15th, 2011
(8) Butler vs. (9) Old Dominion

Southeast Region - Washington, D.C.

March 17 - 12:40 truTV

 

The 8/9 game will be intriguing, especially if you're a fan of defense. Butler made their run all the way to the national title game a season ago, and even though it took some time to figure out how to get on without Gordon Hayward (Avery Jukes and Willie Veasley as well) Brad Stevens' Bulldogs figured it out and won the Horizon League tournament title. Old Dominion is back as well, winning the CAA Tournament behind guard Kent Bazemore and forward Frank Hassell. The matchups of Bazemore/Shelvin Mack and Hassell/Matt Howard will be entertaining, with an important contribution from one of the other players in either rotation being the difference.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Butler

Old Dominion

 

Stars to Watch:

F Matt Howard (Butler)

F Frank Hassell (Old Dominion)

 

Vegas Odds:

ODU -1

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: ODU 63 - Butler 62

KenPom: ODU 62 - Butler 61

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: ODU

 

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