Butler Bulldogs vs No. 1 Villanova Wildcats LineJosh Bailey
The Butler Bulldogs (18-8, 7-7 Big East) head to The Pavilion in Pennsylvania, to battle the number one ranked Villanova Wildcats (22-3, 12-1 Big East). Tip-off is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 20th at 2:30 pm ET on FOX.
Butler is averaging 80.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Nova is averaging 76 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 38.5 percent shooting.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the Butler Bulldogs vs No. 1 Villanova Wildcats College Basketball Line
The college basketball betting line favors Villanova by 10.5-points to beat Butler. Nova has won 6 games in a row. The Wildcats are also 7 and 5 ATS at home and have lost just once since Christmas. Butler is 5-2 in their last seven and have split their last 14.
What: Butler Bulldogs at No. 1 Villanova Wildcats
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Tip Off: 2:30 PM ET
Where: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Stadium: The Pavilion
Spread: Villanova -10.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Butler vs Villanova
Bet The Butler Bulldogs Because…
Butler has won 4 out of its last 5 games. The Bulldogs failed at home 57 to 74 to Xavier on Feb. 13. Butler entered that game as a -3.5 point favorite. The Bulldogs could get nothing going. They shot 33% from the field when making 22 out of 66 shots. They bounced back from the loss with a nice 88 to 75 win over Creighton on Feb. 16. Butler’s other 3 wins were an 87 to 76 victory over Georgetown on Feb. 2, an 89 to 76 win over St. John’s on Feb. 6 and a nice 87 to 75 road win over Seton Hall on Feb. 10.
Bet The #1 Villanova Wildcats Because…
The number one team in the nation is playing like the number one team in the nation. Villanova has gone 9 and 1 straight up in their last 10 games. The Wildcats last loss was a 76 to 82 overtime game versus Providence on Jan. 24. Villanova succeeded in getting revenge over the Friars in a 72 to 60 win on Feb. 6. The Wildcats have gone 4 and 1 ATS in their last 4 games. Villanova has stamped itself as the best team in the Big East.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
At first glance, it looks like Villanova should easily win this game. But save for the horrible shooting night against Xavier, Butler’s offense has been terrific this month.
The Bulldogs average 80.8 points per game. Butler shoots 46.9% from the field. They shoot 37.8% from three. There’s no doubt that the terrible shooting in the Xavier loss was an anomaly. Or, was it?
Villanova has a lock down defense. The Wildcats allow 61.3 points per game from 38.5% shooting from the field. Opponents shoot 33.4% from three against Villanova’s defense. With such a great defense, Villanova might force Butler into a bad shooting night, just like Xavier did. Once the shots stop falling, Butler will be forced to start heaving threes in order to keep pace with the Wildcats. Villanova could win this Saturday game by 10 or more.