Betting Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free NCAAB Picks: Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

Villanova Faces Another Tough Test as They Visit Butler

Betting Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free NCAAB Picks: Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs

#1 Villanova Wildcats vs. #18 Butler Bulldogs

Wildcats: 14-0 (3-0 V)
Bulldogs: 12-2 (8-0 H)
When: 6:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: Fox Sports 1

The Story:
The Villanova Wildcats will put their undefeated season on the line as they get set to meet the Butler Bulldogs in a huge Big East showdown Wednesday night which will take place at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The top-ranked Wildcats bested their longest regular season winning streak in the program’s history last week when they outdueled the tenth-ranked Creighton Bluejays.

At 14-0, the Wildcats have enjoyed their No. 1 status for the fifth straight week and have also extended another school record with twenty consecutive wins. Their next big test will come next Tuesday when they meet division rivals and sixteenth-ranked Xavier with a confrontation versus Marquette sandwiched in between. Villanova, Xavier and St John’s are tied atop the Big East with identical 2-0 records.

Don’t let the 80-70 score fool you; the Wildcats really had their work cut out for them in the win over Creighton. The defending national champions clawed their way back from an early ten-point deficit with eleven unanswered points to take a one-point lead in the middle of the first half then the teams exchanged nine leads and five ties, before Villanova pulled away late. Jalen Brunson had a career-high 27 points with 4 boards with POY candidate Josh Hart adding 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Since joining the Big East in 2013, the Bulldogs have met the Wildcats on six occasions but have failed to win a single time. However, their largest losing margin at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the three games they played there was 5 points which was a 65-60 loss back in January 2016. While they have beaten luminaries like Oklahoma, Cincinnati and Indiana, the Bulldogs also delivered clunkers against unranked teams in the likes of Indiana State and St John’s.

lthough their two losses went to the wire, the Bulldogs can’t afford any letdown against a well-rounded Villanova squad. They recovered nicely after the loss to the Red Storm with an impressive 78-61 win against a pretty good Providence side. Butler had four players scoring in double-figure with Kelan Martin leading the way with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Tonight’s game against Villanova will certainly serve as a compass point as to what is in store for them as they will measured up against two-ranked teams in their next three games.

BetOnline has the Villanova listed as 2-point favorites and the game's total open at 142½.

#1 Villanova Wildcats vs. #18 Butler Bulldogs Betting Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
517 Villanova
-1½
518 Butler
141
  Moneyline
-130/+110

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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.

#1 Villanova Wildcats vs. #18 Butler Bulldogs Betting Odds & Trends

Villanova:
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:
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

The result:
Both teams are similar in style and enjoy keeping a slow pace. The two rivals are also excellent shooting from the floor while avoiding turnovers. Villanova thrived in one of the most hostile environment last week in Omaha and they will flourish again and stay undefeated. Take Villanova -2 and the Over 142½.

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