Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Butler Bulldogs Betting Odds Preview, Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 29:  Kellen Dunham #24 of the Butler Bulldogs drives toward Kyle Fuller #11 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gym on December 29, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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It's a mid-major dog fight Saturday as the Butler Bulldogs face the Gonzaga Bulldogs in college basketball betting action.

Butler, ranked No. 13 in the latest AP poll, is 12-0 SU and 7-3 ATS over their last dozen games, according to OddsShark.com, looks to stay hot when they host the dangerous Gonzaga Bulldogs, ranked No. 8.

The teams have met just twice since 2006, with each team pocketing a win, according to the matchup report.

Experts were anticipating that Butler would open as small home favorites on the NCAA basketball odds menu.

The Butler Bulldogs are 15-2 SU and 10-5 ATS this season after going 12-0 since losing two of their first five games. Butler already has two statement wins on its resume with upset wins over North Carolina and Indiana this season.

Despite ranking just 76th in the nation on offense with 72.5 PPG, Butler is 10-4 on the OVER this year. Senior guard Rotnei Clarke leads the team in scoring with 16.3 PPG, but he'll miss Saturday's game with a neck injury.

Gonzaga currently ranks No. 8 in both of the polls with a 16-1 SU and 8-6-1 ATS record. The Bulldogs possess one of the nation’s best offenses, ranking eighth in the country in scoring with 80.8 PPG.

Forward tandem Kelly Olynyk (18.1 PPG, 6.7 rebounds per game) and Elias Harris (14.9 PPG, 6.8 rebounds per game) give Gonzaga a frontcourt presence for which most opposing teams don’t have an answer. Like Butler, Gonzaga has trended towards the OVER at 8-5.

Gonzaga topped Butler 71-55 when the two teams last met in 2011. In their previous meeting in 2006, Butler came out on top 79-71.

All odds, stats and trends mentioned courtesy of OddsShark.com. Mike Pickett is an Analyst at Bleacher Report and contributes to the Twitter feed.