Offense meets defense when the No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (17-4, 7-2 Big East) travel to Butler to take on the No. 19 Bulldogs (17-5, 5-4 Big East). Action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Villanova Wildcats vs. Butler Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Wildcats were beaten by the Creighton Bluejays in their last outing, 76-61. Collin Gillespie put together a good performance for Villanova, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Creighton had an effective field goal percentage of 0.605 (above their season average of 0.540). Villanova, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (10-13; 76.9 percent).
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they were beaten by the Providence Friars, 65-61. Kamar Baldwin was Butler’s leading scorer with 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting. Providence coerced the Bulldogs into a TO percentage of 20.4 (above their season average of 15.8). Butler, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (24-31; 77.4 percent).
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Butler ranks 345th in possessions per game (64.1) and Villanova is 267th (67.7). Moreover, the Wildcats rank 55th in offensive efficiency (109.2), while the Bulldogs rank 26th in defensive efficiency (91.1).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Wildcats won 76-61. The Wildcats played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.344 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 28.2. The Bulldogs were 0.063 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats. Bryce Nze had a double-double in the defeat, with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Villanova Wildcats vs. Butler Bulldogs Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Over
Villanova ranks 27th in three pointers attempted per game (27.1) while Butler ranks 220th (19.4).
The Wildcats rank 49th in assists per game (14.9) while the Bulldogs rank 151st (13.0).
Butler ranks 15th in rebounds allowed per game (30.2) while Villanova ranks 100th (34.2).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 4.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Butler has defeated opponents by an average of 9.1 points.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (5.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.2 points per game (4.1 below their season average).