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Best bets for February 5th college basketball: Villanova-Butler injury update

Taking a look at the bigger games tonight such as Louisville vs. Wake Forest, Villanova vs. Butler, and more!

Louisville Cardinals guard David Johnson and the bench react during the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. The Cardinals won 77-57. Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

There are seven Top 25 teams in action on a usual busy Wednesday night in college basketball, but only two of them face each other: No. 10 Villanova heads to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on No. 19 Butler. But we see plenty of ranked teams getting big numbers they’ll need to cover as the grind of the season starts to hit harder than ever.

Butler -2.5 vs. Villanova

The big question here is will Aaron Thompson (Update 5:11 p.m.:He’s available) play for the Bulldogs. He was listed as a game time decision previously, and there’s no indication if this will be his first game back after missing the last three.

So far the bettors might be leaning towards now: 72% of the bets and 74% of the action is on the Wildcats on the road at DraftKings Sports Book. But even without Thompson, Kamar Baldwin and Sean McDermott have been terrific for the Bulldogs in keeping them in the rankings and the national conversation.

We’ll take Dogs over Cats and lay the points, and if Thompson hits the floor even better.

Louisville -15 vs. Wake Forest

They tried to make this line high enough, but it’s still on the wrong side of 20 so C-A-R-D-S CARDS! They’ve got the entire city of Loo-uh-vull buzzing in a way that’s been missing since Rick Pitino’s downfall, and it doesn’t hurt to have studs like Jordan Nwora and local product Dwayne Sutton. The cash isn’t scared of the big number either, as 61% of the tickets and 69% of the wagered money is with the No. 5 home team.

LSU -11 vs. Vanderbilt

Jerry Stackhouse is still in search of his first SEC win as the Commodores head coach, and there’s a lot of big L’s on the other side of this. This is 0-8 in the SEC vs. 8-0, so he’s not getting it tonight.

The concern would be LSU can’t seem to put anyone away big: not pedestrian Florida (by 2), Ole Miss (10) at Texas (2), and plenty more... but there’s just a sufficient talent gap here that even the Bayou Bengals can put up a big number.

Our betting friends agree, with 74% of the bets and 76% of the cash on LSU.

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