Villanova at Butler Preview and Betting Pick: With just two weeks remaining in the college basketball season, there are still some conference races that have yet to be determined. The Big East Conference title is still up for grabs, but that could be clinched on Sunday morning if the Villanova Wildcats win at the Butler Bulldogs.
Villanova comes into this game with a 10-2 record in Big East Conference games, and they are currently on top of the league. The Wildcats have won four of their last five games, and they are building momentum towards a run in March.
Butler is just 8-13 overall this season, and they have gone just 7-11 so far in conference games. The Bulldogs have lost three of their last four games, and trying to turn their season around against Villanova is no easy task.
The Villanova Wildcats are 11.5-point favorites over the Butler Bulldogs in this Big East Conference matchup.
Villanova at Butler Preview and Betting Pick: Nova Looking Elite
The Villanova Wildcats are averaging more than 78 points per game this season while holding opponents to just 67.7 points per game. There aren’t many weaknesses on this team, which is the biggest reason that they will be a hard team to eliminate in March.
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Villanova has five different players averaging at least 10 points per game this season, and any one of these players is capable of taking over a game. The Wildcats are shooting nearly 38 percent from the three-point line, and Villanova rarely settles for anything but a terrific shot attempt.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl leads the team with 15.4 points per game, and he is a candidate to win the Naismith Award this season. Guard Collin Gillespie is the player that leads the offense for Villanova, and he sets the tone for this Villanova team.
Villanova won’t overwhelm any opponents with gaudy stats, but they just don’t ever beat themselves.
Villanova at Butler Preview and Betting Pick: Butler Can’t Score
Butler is not having a strong season, and all of those problems start on the offensive end of the floor. The Bulldogs are averaging just 62 points per game, and that won’t get it done when taking on some of the best teams in the country.
The best chance that Butler has on Sunday morning is to slow this game down and hope to win the game with their defense. Butler is allowing just 67 points per game, but they will have their hands full against Villanova.
Guard Chuck Harris leads the way with 11.6 points per game, but three other Bulldogs players are scoring at least 10 points per game. Butler is making just 32 percent of their three-point attempts, and this is a big reason for the lack of offense.
Butler can’t keep up with Villanova when it comes to scoring the basketball, but their defense can be a difference in this game.
Villanova at Butler Preview and Betting Pick: Wildcats Win in Rout
The Butler Bulldogs have been a terrific college basketball team over the last decade-plus, but that just hasn’t been the case this season. Butler will not be making the NCAA Tournament barring a huge run in the Big East Conference Tournament, and they are heavy underdogs in this game.
Even though this game will be played on February 28, the month of March absolutely belongs to the Villanova Wildcats. Few teams are as accomplished as Jay Wright’s squad and this is the time of season that they will turn it on.
Butler will attempt to slow this game down, but that strategy will only work for a half. The Villanova Wildcats are going to take control of this game late and they will cruise to a double-digit win.
Bet the Villanova Wildcats -11.5 over the Butler Bulldogs in this Big East showdown.