March Madness betting fans continue to become fascinated with the Butler Bulldogs and their March Madness gambling success that has seen them get the money 4 out of 5 times in the Big Dance. Butler won it’s March Madness betting Final Four matchup over Michigan State 52-50 as 1.5 point favorites to put themselves in the National title game.
Butler’s payout over Michigan State with the March Madness odds was not at all pretty. The Bulldogs shot an embarrassing 30.6% from the floor but held on for the win. “I never dreamed we would have won if we shot 15 for 49,” said Butler head coach Brad Stevens.
Defense has been a significant factor in the March Madness betting success of Butler. They have become the first team in the shot clock era that began after 1985 to hold five straight tournament opponents to under 60 points. Butler has the 9th best defensive ranking in the entire country for points permitted.
The Bulldogs have gone under the total in 9 out of their last 10 games. “Our guys did a great job defending in the last 30 minutes,” said Stevens regarding the defense’s role in the win over Michigan State.
Butler is known throughout March Madness betting circles as a “mid major” team from the Horizon League, where they have been dominant for most of the decade. Despite being a regular in the Big Dance they have always been an afterthought, at least until now.
Butler enters their March Madness betting matchup with Duke riding a 25 game straight up winning streak. Stevens has kept a level head through it all. “This is all about promoting Butler,” said Stevens. “That’s my job. That’s our players. Came to be a part of a special program.”
Butler has become the biggest Cinderella story in March Madness betting since Indiana State with Larry Bird made the championship game in 1980 before losing to Magic Johnson and Michigan State.