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|Butler (19-11) +5.5, o/u 128 vs. UW-Milwaukee (20-8), 9 p.m. Eastern, ESPN
by Ultimatecapper.com Staff
It’s first place against second place for the Horizon League’s conference tournament title when the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers take on the Butler Bulldogs in Beertown Tuesday night.
UW-Milwaukee won the Horizon League’s regular-season crown with a conference record of 12-4. Butler finished second at 11-5.
The Bulldogs are 10-3 their last 13 games. Those three losses have come by two, three and four points. Butler beat UW-Green Bay 73-51 Saturday to get to this conference tournament title game.
The Panthers have won four of their last six games. UW-M beat Loyola-Illinois 80-66 Saturday to get here.
Butler is 15-13 against the spread this season, a solid 5-1 ats as an underdog, 7-5 ats in road games and 7-9 ats vs. Horizon League opponents.
UW-Milwaukee is 11-11 against the spread this season; 9-10 ats as favorites, 7-8 ats in the Horizon League, and 5-6 ats at U.S. Cellular Arena, the site of tonight’s game (the Horizon League regular-season champ hosts the conference tournament).
Milwaukee has won three of the last four games in the series with Butler. The teams split two games this season, each winning on their home courts. The Bulldogs won the most recent meeting a month ago, 63-60 in OT as three-point home favorites. In that game, the Panthers outrebounded Butler 47-23 but went 0-13 from three-point range.
The Bulldogs are shooting 46 percent from the floor on the season, 39 percent from long range and 70 percent from the line. UW-M doesn’t shoot as well, but defends a little better. Also, the Panthers enjoy a +4.6 rebounds per game margin, while Butler gets outrebounded, on average, by seven a game.
UW-Milwaukee is ranked 53rd and Butler 92nd in the latest RPI at NCAAsports.com .
The over is a collective 30-24 in Bulldog and Panther games this season, and the last four Butler games and five of the last six UW-M games have gone over. But three of the last four games in the series between the two teams have stayed under the total.
The Panthers opened up as 5 1/2-point favorites in this match-up, but that number had been bet down to 4 1/2 by late Tuesday morning.
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The Ultimatecapper Pick: Take Wisc Milwaukee at -5.5 to cover as the favorite.