Butler At Villanova Lines, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 21, 2017 in

The #22 Butler Bulldogs head to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the #2 Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday night. Villanova (26-2, 13-2 Big East) has won seven in a row, most recently dismantling Seton Hall on the road, 92-70, on Saturday. Butler (21-6, 10-5 Big East) has won two in a row since losing at Providence, most recently beating DePaul at home on Sunday, 82-66. The conference races are tightening up, so don’t miss any of our college basketball point spreads.

Here’s A Closer Look At The Bulldogs At Wildcats Lines, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: The Pavilion, Villanova, PA
TV: FS1
Radio: Butler Bulldog Sports Network / WPEN Sports Talk 950 AM Philadelphia
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAAB Odds: TBA

 

Why should you bet on the Bulldogs?

Butler had not pulled off consecutive wins in about a month until they knocked off DePaul on Sunday. The offense is back on track, as it was in non-conference play and in the early part of conference play, as Nate Fowler scored 15 points, and Kelan Martin chipped in 14 points and eight boards. The key for the Bulldogs is selfish ball movement, and four players hit double figures — three of them reserves. Avery Woodson (12 points) was the only starter to hit double figures. Butler also plays a swarming defense that, at its best, stifles the opposition. DePaul did not score a single point in the last 4:52 of the first half or the opening 2:48 after the intermission, which was when Butler built their insurmountable lead.

Why should you put your money on the Wildcats?

Villanova has already moved into a tie for this year’s Big East regular season title, but they showed on Saturday that they are far from complacent, rolling over Seton Hall by 22 points. Jalen Brunson continued his stellar play at the point, scoring 22 points and dishing out 10 assists, a career best. Kris Jenkins poured in 22 points, Josh Hart added 19, and Mikal Bridges had 15, as Villanova opened up an early second-half lead of 27 points that left the rest of the game in coasting mode. If they can play with that same energy at home against Butler, they will cement their spot as a #1 seed in March Madness even more securely.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Butler is improving right now, but Villanova is rolling. I like the Wildcats to hold form on their home court and win, 78-71.