Villanova Wildcats vs. Butler Bulldogs, Wednesday, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Odds, Picks and Prediction

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VILLANOVA WILDCATS BUTLER BULLDOGS
14-0 January 4, 6:30 PM | Hinkle Fieldhouse 12-2

When: 6:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Team Spread Money Line Total
Villanova Wildcats -2 -110  -135 143 -110
Butler Bulldogs +2 -110  +115 143 -110

The Villanova Wildcats and the Butler Bulldogs will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

ABOUT VILLANOVA (14-0, 2-0 Big East): The Wildcats also received a career-high 27 points from sophomore guard Jalen Brunson versus Creighton, as he made 10-of-14 shots including 5-of-7 from long range. Kris Jenkins knocked down four 3-pointers but the Wildcats’ hero from the national championship game has not shot a good percentage from the arc in five of the last six outings. Hart is 2-of-9 from 3-point range over the last two games but has shot at least 50 percent from the floor in 12 of 14 games – and is two made buckets from being at or above 50 percent in all 14 contests.

ABOUT BUTLER (12-2, 1-1): The Bulldogs lost by three to St. John’s and then had their flight lose cabin pressure on the way home, prompting an emergency landing in Pittsburgh. Ultimately, the team showed no ill-effects against Providence as Kelan Martin scored 15 points and Avery Woodson and Andrew Chrabascz added 11 apiece. “(I was) pleased with our ability to perform and respond from the other night,” coach Chris Holtmann told reporters after his team improved to 8-0 at home with wins against Northwestern and Cincinnati.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Wildcats listed as 2-point favorites versus the Bulldogs, while the game’s total is sitting at 143 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

No. 1 Villanova appears to be on cruise control, but a visit to No. 18 Butler could be a legitimate road block for the defending national champions. The Wildcats take on the Bulldogs on Wednesday looking to win their 21st straight game behind do-it-all senior Josh Hart.

The veteran guard is averaging 20.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 56.3 percent from the field, 81.7 percent from the foul line and 40.6 percent from the 3-point line. He was 7-of-11 en route to 18 points with 10 rebounds in a 10-point road win against previously unbeaten Creighton last weekend. “It’s good to get in here, play Villanova basketball against a tough team and have something we can build on,” Hart told reporters. “We know we can get a lot better. In March we can say we played in a tough environment. We faced adversity and we overcame it.” Butler is no slouch, having lost twice this season by a total of four points, and Sunday’s 17-point win over Providence served as a confidence boost heading into Wednesday’s showdown.

In their last action, Butler was a 78-61 winner at home against Friars. They covered the -10.5-point spread as favorites.

Villanova was a 80-70 winner in its last match on the road against Bluejays. They covered the -1.5-point spread as favorites.

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Villanova:
Team record: 14-0 SU,9-5 ATS
Current Streak: won 14 straight games.
Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova’s last 5 games

Butler:
Team record: 12-2 SU,9-5 ATS
Butler is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Butler is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to Marquette Saturday, January 7
Butler at Georgetown University Saturday, January 7

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. The Wildcats have won all seven meetings with the Bulldogs.

2. Villanova could look to attack the rim, as Butler’s Tyler Wideman (12) is the only player on his team with more than seven blocks.

3. Wildcats G Mikal Bridges averages 10 points but has scored in single-figures in four of the last five contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Villanova Wildcats will cover the spread at -2 and the game will go over 143 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Villanova 74, Butler 71 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
VILLA TEAM BUTLR
79.9 PTS FOR 78.0
62.1 PTS AGNST 64.6
17.8 DIFF. 13.4
26.8 DEF REBOUNDS 23.2
8.4 OFF REBOUNDS 8.0
50.4 FG% 49.9
78.9 FT% 70.5
9.6 3 POINTERS 8.2
6.6 STEALS 6.2
INJURIES
VILLANOVA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BUTLER
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
VILLANOVA
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Villanova’s last 12 games on the road
BUTLER
Butler is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Butler is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Villanova
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Butler’s last 5 games when playing Villanova
Butler is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Villanova
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Villanova’s Overall Scoring vs Butler’s Overall Defense 79.9 63 64.6 45
Villanova’s Away Scoring vs Butler’s Home Defense 82.2 15 62.9 75
Villanova’s Road Rebounds vs Butler’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.7 196 29.9 30
Butler’s Overall Scoring vs Villanova’s Overall Defense 78.0 99 62.1 23
Butler’s Home Scoring vs Villanova’s Road Defense 81.7 122 69.3 64
Butler’s Home Rebounds vs Villanova’s Road Rebounds Allowed 31.6 338 28.3 6
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
VILLA 50.4 42.0 8.4
BUTLR 49.9 42.4 7.5
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
VILLA 8.4 26.8 35.2
BUTLR 8.0 23.2 31.2
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
VILLA 14.4 10.9 1.3
BUTLR 14.6 10.4 1.4

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