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Villanova vs. Butler - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler Bulldogs (20-12) at Villanova Wildcats (28-4)

College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Villanova Wildcats -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The Butler Bulldogs and Villanova Wildcats meet Friday in the college basketball Big East Tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

The Butler Bulldogs look for another victory after beating Seton Hall on Thursday. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 79.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Kelan Martin is averaging 21.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while Kamar Baldwin is averaging 15 points and 3.2 assists. Paul Jorgensen is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Wideman is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won three of their last four games on neutral sites.

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Villanova vs. Butler - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Villanova Wildcats look for another victory after beating Marquette on Thursday. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 87.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 19 points and 4.8 assists while Mikal Bridges is averaging 17.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo is the third double-digit scorer and Phil Booth is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats are 7-0 SU this season on neutral sites.

The Bulldogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big East, 40-15-2 ATS in their last 57 neutral site games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Butler has won three of the last four meetings against Villanova, so there's value with the points here. However, the Villanova Wildcats have been covering machines all season long and are 19-7 ATS this season when at least 7.5 points favorites. Villanova is also outscoring teams by nearly 15 points in its last five games. When you get numbers and trends that strong, you have to ride it until it stops. Give me Villanova by double digits.

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