Villanova at Butler
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Butler Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 140
The Villanova Wildcats and the Butler Bulldogs meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
The Villanova Wildcats will look to build on their current 6-game winning streak after an 85-75 win over Xavier in their last outing. Phil Booth led the Wildcats with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 5 assists while Collin Gillespie added 18 points with 6 threes, 4 assists and a pair of steals and Eric Paschall added 17 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists of his own. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor in just 14 minutes on the floor to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Villanova in the win. Saddiq Bey added 7 rebounds while Jermaine Samuels added 4 assists of his own in the winning effort. Booth leads Villanova with an average of 18.4 points and 3.8 assists per game while Paschall leads the Wildcats on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Villanova is averaging 75.9 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 73.4% from the foul line this season.
The Butler Bulldogs will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 80-71 win over St. John’s in their last outing. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 30 points on 10 of 18 shooting with 8 rebounds while Jordan Tucker added 24 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 6 threes and 6 rebounds as the only other Butler player to score in double figures in the win. Sean McDermott added 7 points with a team-high 12 rebounds as well in the victory. Baldwin leads the Bulldogs with an average of 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Aaron Thompson leads Butler in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 74.3 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 37.4% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the foul line this season.
Villanova is 37-17 in their last 54 games overall and 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 road games while the over is 14-5-1 in their last 20 conference games. Butler is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The home team has had a lot of success in this matchup, and the Bulldogs just cranked out a couple of solid wins over DePaul and St. John’s and are 9-1 SU at home this season, so you wouldn’t be crazy for siding with Butler here. However, we are getting a red-hot Villanova squad as an underdog, which is something that rarely happens and to further solidify that point, the defending champion Wildcats are 3-0 ATS as an underdog this season with a pair of wins over Creighton and Florida State and a narrow 3-point loss to Kansas in that stretch. When the shots are falling, which they have been lately for ‘Nova, the Wildcats can be extremely dangerous, so I’ll take the free point with Villanova in this matchup.