Duke-Butler Vegas Line, Picks & Score Prediction for NCAA Championship 2010



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On Monday night, the Butler Bulldogs and the Duke Blue Devils will meet for the right to be called National Champions. The opening vegas line has Duke favored by 7 points and the over-under has been set at 129.5 points.

The Horizon League champions marched to this point in NCAA Tournament betting action by taking out #12 UTEP 77-59, #13 Murray State 54-52, #1 Syracuse 63-59, #2 Kansas State 63-56, and #5 Michigan State 52-50. Butler also enters this game on a 25-game winning streak, by far the longest in the country.

The Dookies, the winners of the ACC regular season and conference tournament, also have had a very impressive road to the championship game. They ousted #16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-44, #8 California 68-53, #4 Purdue 70-57, #3 Baylor 78-71, and #2 West Virginia 78-57.

Every now and again, a mid-major team slips through the cracks and knocks off some major conference schools to reach the Elite 8 like Davidson did in 2008 or as St. Joseph’s did in 2004 (albeit as a #1 seed). Even less often, a team like the 2007 George Mason Patriots makes its way to the Final Four.

However, you’re hard pressed to find teams from non-major conference schools that have earned the right to play for a National Championship, and it’s even more difficult to find ones that have won it.

Here’s the list of non-Big Six conference schools that have played for college basketball titles and their results when they got to this point since 1960.

2010: Butler Bulldogs (??? vs. Duke)
2008: Memphis Tigers (L vs. Kansas)
1998: Utah Utes (L vs. Kentucky)
1990: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (W vs. Duke)
1984: Houston Cougars (L vs. Georgetown)
1983: Houston Cougars (L vs. NC State)
1979: Indiana State Sycamores (L vs. Michigan State)
1974: Marquette Golden Eagles (L vs. NC State)
1973: Memphis Tigers (L vs. UCLA)
1971: Villanova Wildcats (L vs. UCLA)
1970: Jacksonville Dolphins (L vs. UCLA)
1967: Dayton Fliers (L vs. UCLA)
1966: UTEP Miners (W vs. Kentucky)
1963: Loyola Illinois Ramblers (W vs. Cincinnati)

The Bulldogs have already set a bit of history, becoming the first Horizon League team to ever make it to the Elite Eight, the Final Four, or the NCAA Championship Game. They’ve also become the only squad ever to win five games in the NCAA Tournament and hold all five teams under 60 points. Butler is averaging allowing just 55.2 points per game in the dance, an improvement upon its 59.4 points per game allowed on the season.

HC Mike Krzyzewski and his crew have quite the history in the NCAA Tournament as well. The Blue Devils won the NCAA Tournament in 2001, and will be making their first appearance in the title game since that point.

They’re also chasing a tad bit of history from the gambling standpoint. Duke enters this game at a perfect 5-0 ATS. Last season, the North Carolina Tar Heels covered all six spreads en route to the National Championship. However, the previous time that that feat was accomplished was in 2006, when the Florida Gators just narrowly pulled off the accomplishment in spite of a very close call against the spread versus the Georgetown Hoyas in the Sweet 16.

History seems to be on Duke’s side in this game, and as long as the combination of G Jon Scheyer, F Kyle Singler, and G Nolan Smith continues to excel like it did against West Virginia in the Final Four, there may not be any stopping the Dookies. The run has been fantastic for Butler, but it comes to an end just shy of the ultimate goal.

Duke vs. Butler Championship Prediction:

Duke 66 – Butler 60

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  • Larmat7

    I think we all found out how good Duke really is this year after their tournement run, and how oveverrated the Big 10 was. I think Duke will easily beat Butler by more than the 7 point spread. Huggy Bear needs to review the film of last night’s game. While it is really a shame about his player’s injury, Johnson did foul Zoub on that play. As I recall, as well, WV was at the foul line 19 times to Duke’s 9 so why was Huggins crying about calls?

  • John

    I think Duke will either win by 2 or 3, or by 20, but will more likely cover the spread. The better bet is to give up the 7 or 7.5 and go for the blow out.

  • wolf

    there is only 1 overrated league…the Big East…West Virginia had no concept of defense, at least as far as the other 3 teams in the final 4 understand it……The Big Least gets 8 teams in the 64, only 2 make it to the Sweet 16…Southeast gets 4 teams in and 2 make it…Big 10 gets 5 in and 3 make it…Geogretown, Syracuse, these were typical Big Least stiffs..West Virginia was an embarassment…Butler plays D….watch and see the difference!

  • Tyler

    How was the Big 10 overrated? People said it was weak all year long yet it had the most sweet sixteen teams (3). 2 of those teams were without their best player (MSU and Purdue) or they might have gone further. Purdue especially. It won the Big 10/ACC challenge as well.

    The Big East was overrated. They started with 8 teams and got only 2 in the sweet 16. Most of them lost to teams that were seeded much lower seeds.

  • Richard G

    I spent 12 years in North Carolina-1973-1985….When I arrived, I didn’t even know ANYTHING about college basketball—This quickly changed through my first college basketball season and the ACC—I remember one game where North Carolina was losing to Duke by 8 points with SECONDS left on the clock and Carolina went on to win the game—I was hooked on college basketball and, of course, the ACC…Let me just say that Butler has had an outstanding season and I give them much respect up to this point but if they beat Duke in the championship game, that will be the biggest fix in SPORTS history….GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!

  • DL

    Hoping Butler can win. They haven’t played their best for a while and if they can get the offense to go with their defense they will win BUT Duke is so big and tall. They had an excellent game against W. VA. so maybe they won’t be so hot tonight, hopefully!

  • dan

    In the world of football a running game and defense always seem to find a way

    to equalize the skill players from the opposing team. Butler’s basketball team plays much like the defensive-minded football teams.

    It’s not as sexy as the high-fliers, but I say take a look at history, and take the points!

  • gary

    butler may play good defense,however duke will come up big in the paint. Duke by 9 or more.

  • J. Larranaga

    Actually in 2007 Florida, UCLA, Georgetown, and Ohio State were in the Final Four… NOT George Mason. Rather, the GMU Patriots made the Final Four the previous year (2006).

  • http://None Bob Donovan

    My comparison shows Duke will beat Butler by 9 points. Duke is better than Butler in every category (11) except free throw percentage. I don’t think we will see the collapse like happened whenb Duke played West Virginia. Butler has one thing going for them – almost home court. Still Duke is too strong.

  • Matt

    I know that Duke definitely has the better defense of the two. I don’t see Butler holding Duke under 60 points. I don’t think Butler can score enough on Duke to get over 50, especially playing a slow down game. Duke will score first and second attempts and Butler will run the clock and turn the ball over. We will see a blow out tonight guys. If the big 3 are hitting Butler better watch out! We may need continuous clock :-) to get the game over. Go Duke!

  • Kel

    I don’t especially like Duke, but I don’t see how what has worked for Butler through the first five games will be enough to get the job done tonight. Duke will be too difficult (and big) for Butler to defend. I wish Butler the best and hope they pull out the miracle, but it seems unlikely and I’m afraid it will be a double digit victory for the Devils. If Duke decides and is able to go inside, then I think the party is over for the Bulldogs. Win or lose, the accomplishments of Butler this season are special for a mid major, very special.

  • http://www.theamericangeek.com Middy

    Butler wins by 1.



    Duke 69
    Butler 65

    Duke will gain an early, comfortable lead in the opening minutes against Butler, much like they did against the Mountaineers. Butler will make a strong run near the end of the game, squeezing the margin but Duke’s foul-shooting will secure their title.

  • Jakey

    Richard G says:
    April 5, 2010 at 5:55 am
    Let me just say that Butler has had an outstanding season and I give them much respect up to this point but if they beat Duke in the championship game, that will be the biggest fix in SPORTS history….GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!

    Gimme a break! Way to fix so even if your guys lose, they really didn’t. Not too ACC biased are we huh?

    Right now Butler is hanging tough playing both Duke and (as usual for Duke opponents) the refs. If Duke goes on to win, the only “fix” will be them taking this game.

    You may be pulling for Duke, but the rest of the country is going for Butler.

  • The Day After

    Well so much for everyone here who called for that big Duke blowout….

  • http://www.betvega.com Uncle Jay

    I just wanted thank everyone for sharing their thoughts on the game. You are what makes BetVega.com a great site……..the game was an instant classic!

    Congrats to everyone who bet on Butler +7.5!!!!

    -Uncle Jay