No. 13 Butler looks to knock off No. 9 Nova
No. 13 Butler (15-3, 3-2) vs. No. 9 Villanova (14-3, 4-1)
Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 9 Villanova looks to give No. 13 Butler its 14th straight loss against ranked opponents. Butler’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 1 Villanova Wildcats 101-93 on Dec. 30, 2017. Villanova is looking to extend its current four-game winning streak.
SUPER SENIORS: Butler’s Kamar Baldwin, Sean McDermott and Bryce Nze have combined to account for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 72 percent of all Bulldogs points over the last five games.
KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Saddiq Bey has directly created 42 percent of all Villanova field goals over the last three games. Bey has 20 field goals and 10 assists in those games.
UNBEATEN WHEN: Villanova is a perfect 11-0 when the team makes at least 75 percent of its free throws. The Wildcats are 3-3 when they shoot below 75 percent from the line.
STREAK SCORING: Villanova has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 75.8 points while giving up 62.4.
DID YOU KNOW: The stout Butler defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 37.7 percent, the 15th-best mark in the country. Villanova has allowed opponents to shoot 44.4 percent from the field through 17 games (ranked 264th).