NCAA Elite Eight Preview: Butler Bulldogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats

by Dirty on March 27, 2010

The Butler Bulldogs and the Kansas State Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at EnergySolutions Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 4-point favorites versus the Bulldogs, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.

Butler raced out to a 10-point halftime lead and held on for a 63-59 win over Syracuse on Thursday to advance to the Elite Eight. Butler won the game as 6.5-point underdogs, while the 122 points went UNDER the posted total of 138.

Gordon Hayward led the way with 17 points and five rebounds, while Shelvin Mack netted 14 points in the win.

Kansas State clawed their way to a thrilling 101-96 double OT victory over Xavier to reach the Elite Eight on Thursday. Kansas State failed to cover the 5-point spread, while the 197 points sailed OVER the posted total of 150.5.

Jacob Pullen poured in 28 points with four rebounds in leading the way, and Denis Clemente added 25 in the win.

Team records:
Butler: 31-4 SU, 15-20 ATS
Kansas State: 29-7 SU, 22-9 ATS

Butler most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After a win are 10-0

Kansas State most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Xavier are 3-2
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

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