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Butler Bulldogs take on Wildcats in NCAA basketball test

Butler BulldogsVillanova Wildcats
12-15February 26, 2014, 08:00 | Villanova Pavilion24-3

The Villanova Wildcats will try to cover the spread at Villanova Pavilion on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Butler Bulldogs in NCAA basketball action.

The Bulldogs will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 11-13-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 17-8 ATS. Butler is 11-14 against the total, while Villanova is 17-8 versus the number.

View Butler Bulldogs vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Wildcats were listed as -14.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game puts the Wildcats, most recently No. 55 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bulldogs, who rate No. 266 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Butler, they were an 87-81 loser as they battled Providence at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Butler got 25 points from Kellen Dunham on the way to an 87-81 loss against Providence on Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Villanova was a 57-54 winner in its last match at home against St. John's. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Villanova got 18 points from Darrun Hilliard II en route to a 57-54 victory over St. John's on Saturday at Villanova Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Villanova's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 79.85 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 100 at 68.37 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 46.36% so far, more than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.02% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Wildcats trends to consider:
Butler is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Butler is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Butler's last 10 games
Butler is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Villanova is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games
Villanova is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Villanova's last 17 games
Villanova is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Butler at DePaul, Thursday, March 6th
Villanova at Marquette, Sunday, March 2nd