The three people on planet earth who successfully picked the NCAA basketball lines match up of Butler vs. Michigan State in this year’s Final Four NCAA basketball bracket must be ecstatic. But for the rest of the sports betting universe that had no idea that tiny Butler and the hobbled Spartans would be playing in the final weekend of the March Madness betting this matchup is just about surprising as it gets.
But what could be even more surprising is tiny Butler winning this NCAA basketball lines matchup and playing Monday night for the college basketball betting national title. Butler? Playing for a college basketball betting title? Sure it sounds crazy, but it’s very likely the Bulldogs will advance to the nest round of the NCAA basketball bracket.
The Spartans and Bulldogs both entered the March Madness betting tournament as #5 seeds and neither was expected to have much success. But Michigan State, even without injured star Kalin Lucas, is not all that big of a surprise considering it’s been in the Final Four betting odds 6 of past 12 basketball betting seasons.
Butler, though, had by far the longest odds in the NCAA basketball lines of any of the four remaining teams. On Saturday it will get its shot once again to defy the college basketball odds makers. And you have to like the team’s chances. Michigan State has beaten some tough opponents on its road to the Final Four betting but nothing like the competition that Butler has faced.
Butler is the only team in the NCAA basketball bracket this season that has beaten both a #1 seed and #2 seed. Both Syracuse and Kansas State were better teams than Spartans and if Butler plays to the same level it did in its two previous games, it will win on Saturday and make its frits appearance in an NCAA basketball betting championship game.