The No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (17-4, 7-2 Big East) will head to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to face the No. 19 Butler Bulldogs (17-5, 5-4 Big East) in a Big East Conference showdown Wednesday.
The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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The Wildcats are coming off their fourth loss of the season, a 76-61 disappointment against Creighton. Villanova head coach Jay Wright gave credit where credit was due after the game. “Creighton deserves a lot of credit,” Wright said. “They came in here and played a better basketball game. We weren’t that bad; they just played a better all-around game. They did a great job defensively, hit big shots and handled our pressure.”
The loss to Creighton snapped the Wildcats’ 16-game home winning streak against their fellow Big East teams, but bouncing back from that loss shouldn’t be a tall task for the team. Nova has a balanced attack, with five players averaging in double figures. Led by center Collin Gillespie (15.3 points a game), the Wildcats are averaging 73.9 points a game, which is second in the conference.
As for the Bulldogs, they’re currently last in the conference in points per game, scoring just 69 points per contest. They are the better shooting team in this one, however, hitting 46.3 percent of their field goals compared to Villanova’s 44.1 percent.
Butler is coming off a 65-61 loss to Providence, and they have hit a few roadblocks on the way lately, going 2-4 in their last six games. The Bulldogs don’t have as balanced of an attack as Nova does, though, and that could come back to bite them. Kamar Baldwin leads the team in scoring, averaging 16 points a game. Baldwin, along with forwards Sean McDermott and Bryce Nze, are responsible for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this season, so if the Wildcats can shut one or more of them down, Butler could be in for a long night.
The key to this one could be who best cleans up the boards, however. Neither team has been a stellar rebounding squad, with Nova snagging 36.4 rebounds a game and Butler hauling in 35.5 per contest, which is last in the Big East.
Nova has won five straight against Butler, and they have won three straight on the road.
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