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No. 9 Villanova Beats No. 13 Butler 76-61 to Hand Bulldogs 3rd Straight Loss

Laurence Kesterson/Associated Press

No. 13 Butler dropped it's third-straight game on Tuesday night in Philadelphia with No. 9 Villanova picking up a 76-61 victory in a matchup of two of the Big East's top contenders.

A week ago the Bulldogs were the No. 5 team in the country—the highest ever in-season ranking for the program—with a star in Kamar Baldwin seemingly capable of carrying the team through March. How quickly fortunes change this college basketball season. Following a home loss to Seton Hall and a road loss to DePaul, the Bulldogs dropped rapidly in the rankings, setting up as much of a must-win as a team can have in January.