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How and what to watch for No. 8 Villanova vs. Butler

The Villanova Wildcats will be ready to pounce on the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday.

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Villanova Wildcats guard Justin Moore dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the first half at CHI Health Center Omaha. Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 8-ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to play the Butler Bulldogs Sunday 12 p.m. ET on CBS. These two teams played earlier this season on Dec. 16, with the Wildcats winning 85-66.

VU (15-3, 10-2 Big East) is coming off of an impressive 81-58 victory over the St. John’s Red Storm, where Caleb Daniels scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. As a team, Villanova shot 48.3 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from behind the arc. The Cats have won four out of their last five games.

Butler (8-13, 7-11 Big East) snapped their three-game losing streak after beating the Seton Hall Pirates 61-52 on Wednesday. Jair Bolden scored a game-high 16 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3pt), to go along with six rebounds, and six assists. Butler shot 45.7 percent from the field, while holding Seton Hall to 37.9 percent shooting from the field.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Villanova vs. Butler on Sunday, February 28th at 12:00 p.m. ET on CBS, or you can watch via the CBS Sports app or CBS All-Access with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Villanova -11.5
Point Total: 130
Money line: Villanova -835, Butler +550

  • The Wildcats have a record of 10-5 in their last 15 games and are 4-2 ATS away from the Pavilion this season. The point total has gone over in eight of Villanova’s last 12 games.
  • As for the Bulldogs, they are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games but are 6-5 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. The point total has gone under in 11 of Butler’s last 16 contests.

The Best Bet

The last time these two teams played, ‘Nova won in a blowout back in December. We should expect them to do the same with eyes set on a strong finish to end the season. The Wildcats are 6-3 this season ATS as double-digit favorites. As for Butler, they are 0-2 as double-digit underdogs against the spread, and the Bulldogs are 0-9 this season when they score 60 points or less.

Pick: Villanova -11.5

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