#22 Penn State pulled off a huge road upset against rival #16 Michigan State 75-70 on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, the best in the Big East do battle as the #10 Villanova Wildcats visit #19 Butler Bulldogs.
Here’s a look at today’s NCAA games:
BET OF THE DAY
- Seton Hall has won each of its last seven night games.
- The Pirates have an 11-5 W/L record over Georgetown since 2011-12. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
#12 Seton Hall (16-5) snapped a 10-game winning streak after laying an egg at home to the Xavier Musketeers 74-62.
The Pirates were ice cold all afternoon, shooting 37 percent from the field and 22 percent from three-point range.
Team-leading scorer Myles Powell struggled, scoring nine points on 3-of-14 shooting, with Senior Quincy McKnight the lone bright spot with 15 points.
Georgetown (13-9) snapped a three-game losing streak by overcoming a 17-point deficit and defeating the Saint John’s Red Storm 73-72.
The Hoyas were powered solely by the starting rotation who each scored in double figures and were responsible 72 of the 73 points.
Sophomore Jahvon Blair scored a game-high 23 points and senior Omer Yurtseven added a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Pirates have the best ATS record in the Big East at (14-7) and handled the Hoyas when they faced them in early January 78-62.
I’m confident Seton Hall will get back on track and roll past Georgetown.
2u - Seton Hall Pirates (-1.5) @ -110
#17 Iowa Hawkeyes (+3.5) @ Purdue Boilermakers, 7:00 PM:
- The Boilermakers have the second worst ATS record in the Big Ten at (9-12-1)
- The Hawkeyes have the second best ATS record in conference at (13-6-3). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
#17 Iowa (16-6) got back on track at home by taking care of business against Illinois 72-65.
The Hawkeyes were efficient, shooting 50 percent from the field led by a monster effort from junior Luka Garza.
He posted a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds with four made threes. Freshman CJ Fredrick and sophomore Joe Wieskamp each added 18 points.
Purdue (12-10) bounced back on the road by edging out Northwestern 61-58.
The Boilermakers overcame a four-point halftime deficit behind a solid outing from the bench - specifically sophomore Eric Hunter Jr. and freshman Isaiah Thompson, who scored 13 and 11 points respectively.
Sophomore Trevion Williams led the starters with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Boilermakers are known for being a different team at home - having won 47 of their last 50 games.
However, Purdue also suffered an ugly 17-point home loss to Illinois which showed they’re vulnerable and beatable.
I like the Hawkeyes to win outright and at the very least cover the +3.5 spread.
1u - Iowa Hawkeyes (+3.5) @ -110
#10 Villanova Wildcats (+2) @ #19 Butler Bulldogs, 6:30 PM:
- Villanova has won each of the last five meetings with Butler.
- The Wildcats are 85-3 as an away team from 2014-15 onwards. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
#19 Butler Bulldogs (17-5) snapped a two-game winning streak and have lost four of the last six games after falling to Providence 65-61.
The Bulldogs had an embarrassing night from three-point range, shooting seven percent (1-of-14). Each member of Butler’s starting five scored in double digits with three players contributing 12 points.
#10 Villanova (17-4) snapped a seven-game winning streak in ugly fashion at home by losing to Creighton 76-61.
The Wildcats had an off-shooting night to say the least, firing 36 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point range.
Junior Collin Gillespie and freshman Justin Moore were the lone players to score in double figures, contributing 18 points each.
These teams met earlier in January and Villanova handled Butler at home 76-61.
In that match up, the Bulldogs were outsized and outmatched by the Wildcats.
Although Butler has been scrappy ATS this season at (13-9), and they’re home, I like Villanova to make another statement on Wednesday as an underdog and cover the spread +2.
1u - Villanova Wildcats (+2) @ -110