Butler vs Villanova Prediction, Odds & Picks for January 13 (Bulldogs Defense Steps Up in Big East Battle)

Devon Platana
Butler vs Villanova prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Butler vs Villanova prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Michael Conroy
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Butler vs Villanova Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Butler (10-8, 2-5 Big East) vs. Villanova (8-9, 2-4 Big East)
  • Date: Friday, January 13, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse -- Indianapolis, Indiana

The Butler Bulldogs are set to host the Villanova Wildcats for a Big East showdown at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 13.

After a brief taste of success, Butler has now lost back-to-back games, most recently falling 77-61 to St. John's (NY) on Tuesday. Villanova also tasted defeat in its last outing, picking up a 75-65 loss against DePaul, marking the fourth time that the Wildcats have lost in their last five games.

Can a rowdy Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd propel Butler to victory? Or will Villanova achieve some rare success on the road?

Butler vs Villanova Odds & Spread

Villanova enters this contest as the slim favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 133.5 points, which is lower than the majority of Friday's totals.

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Butler vs Villanova Betting Trends

  • Butler has eight wins in 18 games against the spread this year.
  • Against the spread as 1.5-point favorites or more, the Bulldogs are 8-4.
  • Out of 18 Butler's games so far this season, seven have hit the over.
  • Villanova is 6-11-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Wildcats are yet to lose ATS (2-0) as a 1.5-point underdog or more this year.
  • This season, nine of Villanova's 17 games have gone over the point total.
Butler Rank Butler AVG Villanova AVG Villanova Rank
240th 69.4 Points Scored 71.1 194th
98th 66.0 Points Allowed 68.6 166th
311th 29.4 Rebounds 29.8 295th
345th 6.0 Off. Rebounds 6.4 332nd
259th 6.7 3pt Made 8.9 49th
228th 12.8 Assists 11.6 303rd
85th 11.4 Turnovers 9.7 11th

Best College Basketball Picks - Butler vs Villanova

While Butler has lost back-to-back games, both losses came on the road. The Bulldogs tend to step up their game when they're at Hinkle Fieldhouse, averaging 75.1 points on with a plus-12.6 scoring margin. Their defense has also been solid in their own backyard, allowing just 62.6 points while tallying 5.0 blocks, 7.4 steals and 23.6 defensive rebounds.

Butler is also 7-2 straight up in its last nine home games, whereas Villanova has lost four of its six road games this season. The Wildcats are also operating at a minus-2.4 scoring margin over their last five games, having lost three of those games by at least eight points.

After years of getting beaten up by Villanova, Butler gets its revenge tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Butler: 70 | Villanova 68

Butler vs Villanova Picks

Butler and Villanova haven't exactly been putting up the points this season, but I predict that they'll exceed the 133.5-point total. After all, not only has the total hit the over in each of the last six Bulldogs-Wildcats matchups but it's also done so in each of the last five meetings between the two rivals at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

With the Big East foes exceeding 133.5 points in five of the last six clashes, I'm siding with the over tonight.

Bet: Over 133.5 Points (-110)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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