Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 3/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Hinkle Fieldhouse is where the Butler Bulldogs (13-17) will attempt to defeat the Villanova Wildcats (22-7) on Saturday.
The Villanova Wildcats took the court against Providence and earned the victory with a final of 76-74 in their last contest. In regard to personal fouls, the Wildcats ended up with 16 and Providence had 21 personal fouls. They also buried 15 out of their 32 tries from 3-point range. Providence finished 75.0% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of 12 attempts. Moreover, Providence snagged 33 rebounds (12 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Providence recorded 18 dimes and had 3 steals in this matchup. When it comes to defense, Villanova allowed 44.6% from the field on 25 out of 56 shooting. They also dished out 11 assists in the matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Regarding hauling in boards, they earned 24 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Wildcats made 21 of their 25 shots for a percentage of 84.0%. Villanova wrapped up the contest with a 40.4% FG percentage (23 out of 57) and converted 9 out of their 27 3-point attempts.
Caleb Daniels is a player who was a factor for this contest. He totaled 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played 30 mins and collected 2 boards. He finished shooting 54.5% from the field and distributed 1 assist.
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Villanova steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 22-7 so far this year. They are averaging 73.7 points per outing (118th in D-1) while connecting on 44.2% from the floor. The Wildcats are shooting 36.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (269 of 740) and 82.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Villanova is grabbing 34.7 boards per contest and has totaled 355 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 237th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 10.0 times per game and as a group are committing 15.5 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.1 fouls. They are 91st in the country in giving up assists with 331 relinquished so far this season. The Wildcats are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.2% (660 of 1,602) and they surrender 32.1 boards per game as a group. They give up 32.4% from beyond the arc and they rank 35th in college basketball in opponents points per game (63.8).
The last time they took the court, the Butler Bulldogs took a defeat with a final score of 64-56 against Marquette. The Bulldogs were able to collect 27 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for the game. They also coughed it up 14 times, while recording 6 steals for this contest. Marquette committed 17 personal fouls in this game which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of those for a clip of 55.6%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Butler made 4 out of 23 tries (17.4%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bulldogs finished 21 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.2%. The Bulldogs permitted Marquette to knock down 23 out of 56 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 41.1% for the contest. They went 25.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 6 out of 24 and ended up shooting 12 out of 15 from the free throw line (80.0%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Butler allowed Marquette to pull down 27 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
Bryce Nze ended up being a major contributor for the Bulldogs in this game. He accumulated 11 points in his 34 mins on the court and earned 5 dimes in this contest. He buried 5 out of 9 in this game giving him a rate of 55.6%, and tallied 11 rebounds.
Butler has a mark of 13-17 for the year. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 16.2 personal fouls every game and they go 69.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 11.2 times per contest (312th in the country) and they turn it over 12.3 times per game. Butler has accounted for 1,898 pts this year (63.3 per contest) and they collect 32.3 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Bulldogs are connecting on 41.9% from the floor, which is 287th in the nation.
The Bulldogs are ranked 85th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 66.1. They are forcing their opponents into 11.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.2% from the floor (187th in college hoops). The Butler defense gives up 31.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (197 of 635) and opponents are making 73.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 12.0 dimes and 33.3 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 133rd and 108th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Villanova
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