Villanova vs. Butler - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (10-3) at Villanova Wildcats (12-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Villanova Wildcats and the Butler Bulldogs face off on Wednesday in college basketball action as they open their Big East schedule.
The Villanova Wildcats are 12-0 this season and ranked number 5 in the nation. Villanova is averaging 77.9 points and they are shooting 48 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Darrun Hilliard leads the Wildcats averaging 12.6 points per game. Dylan Ennis is averaging 11.8 points, Josh Hart is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and JayVaughn Pinkston is averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. Villanova has been getting it done at both ends of the court.
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The Butler Bulldogs are 10-3 this season and after back-to-back losses they followed it up with back-to-back wins. Butler is averaging 71.3 points and they are shooting 45.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 56.2 points and their opponents are shooting 39.5 percent. Kellen Dunham leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.6 points per game. Roosavelt Jones is averaging 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, Kelan Martin is averaging 10 points, and Andrew Chrabascz is averaging 9.5 points. Butler has played the 71st ranked schedule in the nation and they are 1-1 on the road this season.
Villanova is 4-1 against the spread in Big East games, 21-8 against the spread in their last 29 home games, and 12-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Butler is 4-0 against the spread against the Big East, 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, and 12-5-1 against the spread following a win.
Butler has a knack for making games close and giving themselves a chance to win in the end which should be good enough to get the cover here.