Butler is in the midst of a strong season at 15-3 as the No. 13 ranked team in the nation, but the Bulldogs will have to break their streak of misfortune against ranked teams as they hit the road to take on No. 9 Villanova on Tuesday.
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Butler vs Villanova Preview
Butler has dropped two games in a row over the last week, but will look to turn their fortunes around against Villanova. Kamar Baldwin scored 16 points to lead Butler their last time out against DePaul, which was a stunning 79-66 loss.
“They have a really good start to it, setting the tone early,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s going be difficult if we’re putting people on the line 32 times in a game, that’s an issue. We’ve got to be able to defend without fouling. If we turn the ball over 17 times, that’s not the formula to have a chance in this league. We’ve got to be better as coaches. Our guys just have to understand every night in the Big East, this is what it is.”
A loss to Villanova would be Butler’s 14th straight loss to a ranked opponent. But coincidentally, the last time the Bulldogs knocked off a ranked squad was against Villanova, beating the Wildcats when they were ranked No. 1 in 2017.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright is making sure his squad isn’t taking Butler lightly despite their recent struggles.
“In this year’s Big East, you can catch a team hot,” Wright told reporters. “DePaul was hot, they should have had us. Seton Hall, [Butler] had a 10-point lead at halftime and [Myles] Powell just made great plays down the stretch.
“We know they’re an outstanding team. They always give us a tough game. So we’re ready to respect a great Butler team.”
Villanova has been winning tight and in a variety of ways. The Wildcats have won 10 of 11 and four in a row. In Villanova’s latest triumph — a 61-55 win against UConn — Jermaine Samuels scored 19 to lead the team. He was the third different player to lead the team in scoring over the last three games.
“It just shows that’s we’re comfortable making plays for each other at any point in the game,” Samuels told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “We all trust in each other. Regardless if the ball goes in or not, we’re going to stick together. That’s the biggest thing about each other — we’re all unselfish.”
Defensively, the Wildcats will be keeping an eye on Kamar Baldwin, who’s averaging 18.2 points in conference play.
“As much as he scores and as creative as he is offensively, Kamar scares you in end-of-game situations by getting a steal,” Wright said. “He’s hurt us by just making great defensive plays at the end of games as much as he’s hurt us scoring.”
Villanova is a 3.5-point favorite at home.
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