Butler vs. Villanova - 1/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (13-2) at Butler Bulldogs (12-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The 11th ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The 11th ranked Villanova Wildcats won their 5th straight game and improved to 13-2 (3-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 72-63, this past Wednesday. Villanova was outstanding defensively in the 1st half and was able to pick up the victory after a 2nd half run gave them a 63-49 lead with just over four minutes left to go. Villanova struggled offensively as they shot just 36.2% from the field and 18.2% (4-22) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats held the Pirates to 35.6% shooting from the field and outrebounded Seton Hall by a 47-39 margin. Leading the way for Villanova was Daniel Ochefu who had a double-double with 20 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Josh Hart (15.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Ryan Arcidiacono (12.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.5 apg), and Jalen Brunson (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensively, Villanova is averaging 77.7 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field and 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 8.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.61. Defensively, Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 60.5 ppg on 37.7% shooting. The Wildcats average 7.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 4.3.
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The 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs improved to 12-3 (1-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons, 77-72, this past Tuesday. Butler needed a 12-2 run in the 2nd half to take 62-57 lead and was able to hold on to get their first Big East victory of the season. Butler shot 49.0% shooting from the field and 40.0% (6-15) shooting form three-point range. The Bulldogs allowed the Blue Demons to shoot 48.3% from the field and was outrebounded by DePaul by a 39-25 margin. Leading the way for Butler was Kellen Dunham who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (15.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Roosevelt Jones (14.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.9 apg), and Kelan Martin (14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg). Offensively, Butler is averaging 86.5 ppg on 49.5% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs average 6.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.71. Defensively, Butler is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Wildcats are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS loss and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Bulldogs are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 Sunday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big East opponents.
Villanova is once again going to be one of the top teams in the Big East as they are an experienced team that is solid on both sides of the ball. Butler will have the advantage of playing at Hinkle Fieldhouse in this one but the Bulldogs have struggled against some of the better teams in the Big East in Xavier and Providence. Villanova has been getting great production out of Daniel Ochefu as of late and as they were able to defeat Butler last year on the road, I think the Wildcats will win their 6th straight and cover this small road spread. Take Villanova to cover.