Wildcats vs. Bulldogs Prediction
The 19th-ranked Butler Bulldogs are small favorites tonight in a battle of top 25 teams as they host the 10th-ranked Villanova Wildcats. Will Butler secure the win in front of its home faithful?
783 Villanova Wildcats at 784 Butler Bulldogs
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Hinkle Fieldhouse at 6:30PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Bulldogs are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 130.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 65 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Villanova. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Wildcats crushed by Bluejays
Villanova lost by a score of 76-61 at home Saturday against Creighton to drop to 17-4 overall and 7-2 in the Big East Conference. The Wildcats trailed 35-23 at halftime and were unable to recover. Collin Gillespie paced Villanova with 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting including 2-of-8 from 3-point distance. He also registered four rebounds and two assists. Justin Moore added 18 points, two boards and two assists.
Bulldogs fall to Friars
Butler lost by a 65-61 score Saturday at home versus Providence to move to 17-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play. The Bulldogs (17-5-4) trailed 31-25 at halftime and could not battle all the way back. Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 14 points on 4-of-15 shooting plus-of-7 at the charity stripe. He also registered five rebounds, five assists ans two steals. Bryce Nze contributed 12 points and four boards. Jordan Tucker accounted for 12 points and eight caroms. Bryce Golden tallied 12 points and four rebounds. Sean McDermott added 10 points, seven boards and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 road games. Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a straight up loss.
The Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Bulldogs have had a disappointing couple of weeks but overall is still having a strong season and had rebounded for a while until the home setback against Providence. Butler has revenge spot here against a Wildcats squad that had their way with it in January. It should be a loud crowd backing the Bulldogs tonight and with Villanova struggling its last game, the blueprint is there for Butler to exploit. I'm rolling with the hosts tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: BUTLER BULLDOGS 02.5