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Villanova on the hardwood against Butler

The Villanova Wildcats will be looking to beat the Butler Bulldogs both SU and ATS for the second time this season on Saturday as those ranked Big East teams hit the hardwood together in top college basketball betting action.

Villanova defeated Butler 67-55 and covered the spread as an 11-point home favorite in an UNDER result in the first meeting of the season between the schools back on December 31. The Wildcats also beat the Bulldogs twice last season, but only managed to cover the spread in one of those games.

Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs Opening Odds and Betting Line

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Butler sat as 2-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook [custom:bol-link

Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Butler Bulldogs battles the Villanova Wildcats, currently sitting with a 22-2 mark (16-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 11-11 for the Butler Bulldogs and 10-14 for the Villanova Wildcats.

This game puts the Butler Bulldogs, most recently No. 38 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Villanova Wildcats, who rate No. 10 in the latest survey.

How Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs Stats Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Villanova is ranked No. 132 in NCAA basketball at 34.79 per game. Contrast that with Butler's No. 42 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Butler is the No. 169-ranked team in the country at 5.71 per game, while Villanova rates No. 25 at 8.12 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ryan Arcidiacono scored 20 points leading the Wildcats to a 74-68 victory over Providence at Dunkin Donuts Center on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs grabbed a 83-73 win over the Blue Demons on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Kellen Dunham at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs Betting Odds Trends

Villanova is 5-0 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
Villanova is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Butler is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Butler's last 5 games
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Villanova home to Seton Hall, Monday, February 16th
Butler at Creighton, Monday, February 16th

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