Butler at Villanova College Basketball Picks and Tips 3/2/2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
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The Butler Bulldogs travel to Finneran Pavilion to play the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Villanova as 9 point favorites.
Butler comes into this game with an overall record of 15-13. They currently have a point differential of 3.3 as they are averaging 73.1 points per game while giving up 69.8 per contest. Villanova has an overall mark of 21-8. They are averaging 74.6 points per contest and giving up 67.1, which is a point differential of 7.5.
Valuable Butler Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Butler Bulldogs are 11-16-1 against the spread
The Butler Bulldogs are 14-14-0 against the over/under
Important Villanova Wildcats Betting Trends
The Villanova Wildcats are 18-11-0 against the spread
The Villanova Wildcats are 10-18-1 against the over/under
Key Butler Bulldogs Injuries
02/09/19 G Jerald Gillens-Butler Hand is out indefinitely
Key Villanova Wildcats Injuries
01/19/19 F Cole Swider Hand is out indefinitely
Paul Jorgensen averages 11.4 points per game in 25.8 minutes per contest. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 3.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 69%. Kamar Baldwin comes into this contest averaging 17.6 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per night. He pulls down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is at 86%.
Eric Paschall averages 16.8 points per game and he sees the court an average of 35.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.1 rebounds per contest and 2.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 77%. Phil Booth averages 18.3 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and has 3.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 74%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bulldogs allow 69.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 135th in Division 1. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 253rd and 202nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.0 rebounds a game which ranks 134th, and they give up 11.8 assists per contest which puts them in 75th place in the NCAA. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 152nd in the nation. Butler averages 73.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 168th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 3.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 152nd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 108th in D-1. They average 33.0 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per contest, which ranks them 297th and 188th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 317th with 11.2 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Wildcats surrender 67.1 points per contest, which ranks them 63rd in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 184th and 185th in those defensive statistics. They rank 211th with 13.4 assists allowed per contest, and 69th with 32.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Wildcats are 77th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 12.1 per game. Villanova is 126th in the country with 74.6 points per game this year. They are 200th in the D-1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 7.5. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 138th in the nation. They are 190th in the country in rebounding with 35.3 boards per game and 111th in assists per contest with 14.3. The Wildcats are 323rd in turnovers per game with 11.1.
The Bulldogs have an offensive rating of 107.7, which is ranked 86th. They are 284th in college basketball in pace with 67.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 110th. As a unit they are 121st in the nation in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 77th in D-1. Butler is 303rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions.
Villanova is 308th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.4 times per 100 possessions. The Wildcats have an offensive rating of 112.8, which is ranked 22nd. They are 330th in D-1 in pace with 65.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 77th. As a unit they are 66th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 54% of their shot attempts, ranking 2nd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Butler/Villanova college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Villanova -9
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