The Butler Bulldogs dealt No. 1 Villanova Wildcats’ first blemish of the season last December with a shocking win at home. Can LaVall Jordan’s boys do it again? Or will Villanova get back at the Bulldogs and beat them to a pulp this Saturday? Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Butler Bulldogs vs Villanova Wildcats College Basketball Game on February 10, 2018
Where: Wells Fargo Center
When: Saturday, February 10, 12:00PM EST
Line: Butler Bulldogs (n/a) vs Villanova Wildcats (n/a) –view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: Fox
Betting on the Butler Bulldogs (17-7)
Butler is not really a big three-point shooting team, but their outside shooting was the biggest key to the Bulldogs’ upset 101-93 win at home against Villanova on Dec. 30. Butler leading scorer Kelan Martin (19.8 PPG) went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in that game to finish with 24 points, while Paul Jorgensen added four more treys and 23 points. Overall, Butler went 15-for-22 from long range, which was a little fluky considering that Butler averages just 7.9 threes per game on 35.8 percent shooting. Nevertheless, Butler played smart in that game, smart and honest defense to be precise, as they only allowed Villanova to get to the free throw line nine times while Butler went 14-of-18 from the charity stripe.
Butler is averaging 79.9 points per game, and is 2-0 SU and ATS in its last two away from home.
Betting on the Villanova Wildcats (22-1)
Villanova can’t allow Butler to get hot from the outside. Playing at home will partly take care of that, as the Bulldogs will not be as comfortable launching threes in the Wildcats’ home court as they did the last time around. Assuming they have learned their lesson by now, Villanova is expected to take away Butler’s outside shot. The Wildcats are allowing just 6.9 three-pointers per game and only 69.8 points. On offense, Villanova boasts of the potent backcourt tandem of Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, who are averaging 19.4 points and 16.9 points per outing. The two were unstoppable in the first meeting with Butler, scoring 52 points together to go with seven three-pointers. Donte DiVincenzo, meanwhile. Came off the bench in that game and fired 16 points in 31 minutes of floor duty. Overall, Villanova is third nationally in points with 88.4 per contest. Villanova is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in its last four home games against Butler.
Villanova avenges its loss to Butler last December and wins, 83-75.
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