March Madness betting handicappers and fans will see UConn go for the hat trick on Monday night in their March Madness bet matchup with the Butler Bulldogs for the national championship.
The Connecticut Huskies will take on the Butler Bulldogs on Monday night with a starting time of 9:25 PM ET and a telecast on CBS. Sports Gambling opened with UConn as a 3.5 point favorite and with a total of 129. The money line opened with UConn as a -175 chalk and Butler as a live +155 pup.
UConn has been one of the hottest bet March Madness commodities since they ripped off 5 wins in 5 days to take the title in the Big East Conference Tournament after finishing in 9th place in the regular season.
The Huskies have one thing that Butler lacks for the NCAA Championship Game and that is a bona fide dominant super star in Kemba Walker, who leads UConn with 23.7 points and 4.6 assists per game.
UConn is coming off a 56-55 win over Kentucky in the semifinals as a 2 point dog and Walker was a key asset with a team best 18 points and 7 assists along with 6 rebounds.
Walker was the main man for UConn in their Sweet Sixteen March Madness gambling matchup against San Diego State as he had 36 points in a 74-67 UConn victory. In the round of 32 against Big East rival Cincinnati Walker had 33 points in the Huskies 69-58 win.
Coach Jim Calhoun has had a highly successful run at UConn since taking the job in 1986. He has also rubbed a lot of people the wrong way for his brash and abrupt personality and for breaking NCAA rules that will force him to be suspended for three games next season.
Calhoun may not be loved by outsiders but UConn fans could not be happier as he has made the program a perennial March Madness betting contender.
UConn will face a dangerous Butler team that fears nobody and who has already upset Big East regular season champion Pitt in the Big Dance. The key will be UConn’s ability to rebound with Butler and for Walker to again shine in the clutch.