Bulldogs vs. Wildcats Prediction
A matchup of top 25 teams is on the docket tonight as the ninth-ranked Villanova Wildcats host the 13th-ranked Butler Bulldogs. Will Villanova take care of business on its home floor?
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Finneran Pavilion at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Wildcats are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 129 points. As of Tuesday morning, 56 percent of public bets are siding with host Villanova. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Bulldogs drop second straight
Butler falls 79-66 loss Saturday afternoon at DePaul to drop to 15-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big East Conference. The Bulldogs trailed 44-34 at halftime and were unable to recover. Kamar Baldwin paced Butler with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting plus 4-of-4 at the free throw line. He also tallied three rebounds and two steals. Jordan Tucker registered 13 points and three boards off the bench. Sean McDermott added 10 points and eight caroms.
Wildcats win fourth in a row
Villanova secured a 61-55 home victory Saturday over UConn to improve to 14-3 overall and 9-0 at home. The Wildcats led 27-21 at halftime and held on from there. Jermaine Samuels paced Villanova with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3-point range plus 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and three steals. Collin Gillespie accounted for 12 points, four boards, three assists and two steals. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 11 points, seven caroms, three steals and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games. Butler is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games overall.
The Wildcats are 31-15 ATS in their last 46 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Wildcats have yet to lose at home this season, but I expect the Bulldogs to come in with a desperation about them and some fire. Look for the elite Butler defense to make stops when needed and frustrate the hosts constantly. Villanova swept the season series last season and I'm banking on the Bulldogs to get some revenge here.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: BUTLER BULLDOGS +4.5