Butler Bulldogs vs. Villanova Wildcats - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (22-2) at Butler Bulldogs (18-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Villanova Wildcats will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 6th ranked Villanova Wildcats improved to 22-2 (9-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the Providence Friars, 74-68, this past Wednesday. Villanova shot 50.0% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Daniel Ochefu who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block. Villanova is ranked 4th in the RPI Standings and has played the 27th ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Darrun Hilliard II (13.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Ryan Arcidiacono (10.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.7 apg). Villanova is averaging 74.8 ppg (ranked 31st) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 53rd). The Wildcats are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 34th) and have a 1.36 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 23rd). Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 60.3 ppg (ranked 38th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 81st). The Wildcats are forcing 8.0 spg (ranked 32nd) and committing 16.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 72nd).
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The 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs improved to 18-6 (8-3 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons, 83-73, this past Saturday. Butler shot 57.4% from the field and 57.1% (8-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Kellen Dunham who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Butler is ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and has played the 35th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg) and Roosevelt Jones (13.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.7 apg). Butler is averaging 71.8 ppg (ranked 74th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 122nd). The Bulldogs average just 11.1 turnovers per game (ranked 39th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06 (ranked 127th). Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 61 (ranked 53rd) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 91st). The Bulldogs are holding opponents to 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 11th) and have a rebound margin of 5.8 (ranked 25th).
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Big East. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Villanova and Butler set atop the Big East standings and this will be a critical game for both teams if they want to be the Big East regular season champion. Villanova has won 5 straight as they are a well-balanced team that is strong in almost all the aspects of the game. Butler was a bit under the radar going into this season, but has put together quite a resume as they do a great job on defending the three and cleaning up the glass. Although Villanova pulled out a good win at Providence, both loses of the year have come in hostile environments (Seton Hall, Georgetown) and I think they're going to run into trouble at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I think Butler limits Villanova from beyond the arc and pulls off a victory to move into a tie for first place in the Big East. Take Butler and the points.