Butler Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Odds, March Madness Betting Pick

Ben Goff										Arkansas center Daniel Gafford goes up for a dunk during practice Thursday

Butler, 20-13 of the Big East, and Arkansas, 23-11 of the SEC, clash in Friday's 2:10 p.m. CDT tru-TV televised East Regional NCAA Tournament game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Vegas says that Arkansas only has a 46.5% chance of winning, while the computer thinks that number should be closer to 55.3%, so there is 8.8% side value on picking the Razorbacks to justify their seeding. "We got up big early and we knew they had a run in them and we had to hold on and get it back".

Butler (21-13) will face Purdue (29-6) Sunday (time TBA).

The Razorbacks conclude the season 23-12 overall. This is a team that has put 19-0 runs on opponents twice this season and dropped a 16-0 tear on the Bulldogs Friday.

Butler then failed to score on three consecutive possessions as Baldwin and Martin had turnovers and Martin missed a three-point attempt.

This one likely will come down to whether Butler can guard the 3-pointer. Daniel Gafford (11.9 points), a 6-11 freshman center from Argentina, leads the team in rebounding (6.2) and blocked shots (2.1). We had some absolutely insane games, like Loyola-Chicago knocking down what was basically a buzzer-beater to defeat Miami, Rhode Island and Oklahoma playing a barnburner that the Rams won in overtime, and Rob Gray was out of his mind in Houston's win over San Diego State.

Which is what Butler did. Although the Razorbacks made a nice comeback in the first half, they'd have been in better shape at halftime if they hadn't allowed 10 offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes. "It was all about the next play, as Sean said". We just made them take tough 2s and limited their touches. In the second round, the journey will not any easier for the Bulldogs. "We knew it was going to be a 40-minute game".

Butler senior forward Tyler Wideman felt the key for the Bulldogs was team defense. Butler also made 11 threes compared to Arkansas four, which was a big reason why they won.

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"We're just going to go out there and play our brand on basketball", Macon said. "We talked about it in pregame. I'm going to remember them for the rest of my life, and I hope they do good things in life". The Boilermakers beat the Bulldogs 82-67 on December 16, but Purdue won't have Isaac Haas this weekend after he injured his elbow in Friday's win over Cal State Fullerton.

Jordan said his team has continued to be coachable and has shown growth despite the recent rough patch. This year they drew 7-seed Arkansas from the SEC.

They are complemented in a starting guard triumvirate by 6-0 senior Anton Beard, a North Little Rock High School graduate and 4-year letterman. "We've got to be prepared for them".

"I thought our guys just had a really good response when they came back to the huddle. We were good off the ball, which was a big emphasis".

Jaylen Barford (15 points) and Daryl Macon (12 points) were Arkansas's only double-digit scorers, as no one else scored over seven points.

Butler senior forward Kelan Martin had a great day for the Bulldogs. "It took all of us out there to shrink the court, and that's what we did", Baldwin said.


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