Butler vs. Villanova - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (13-0) at Butler Bulldogs (11-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Villanova Wildcats and Butler Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Villanova Wildcats look for another victory to improve to 14-0 on the season. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 87.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 17.9 points and five assists while Mikal Bridges is averaging 17.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Phil Booth is the third double-digit scorer and Donte DiVincenzo is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won eight straight road games.
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The Butler Bulldogs look for another victory after winning eight of their last nine games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 78.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Kelan Martin is averaging 18.6 points and seven rebounds while Kamar Baldwin is averaging 14.2 points and 2.7 assists. Paul Jorgensen is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Wideman is grabbing five rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won eight straight home games.
The Wildcats are 39-17-1 ATS in their last 57 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big East and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games following a ATS loss. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Butler Bulldogs have won the last two meetings against the Villanova Wildcats and are tough to beat at home. Villanova has been beating teams like a drum all season long, but Butler has a really solid home crowd and is sure to make life tough for the Wildcats on the offensive end. This is a game Butler will be in down to the wire and could steal in the last five minutes. Give me the points.