Villanova vs. MD-Eastern Shore - 11/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
MD-Eastern Shore Hawks (0-1) at Villanova Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -37.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and Villanova Wildcats square off Monday night at The Pavilion.
The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks got waxed in their season opener against the Virginia Tech Hokies, 71-46. Defense seems to still be an issue for Maryland-Eastern, as it allowed Virginia Tech to shoot 52.2 percent from the field make nearly 43 percent of its threes. However, Maryland-Eastern also didn’t do much offensively, shooting just 27.7 percent from the field and turning the ball over 15 times. Ryan Andino led the way for the Hawks with 11 points off the bench and Mike Myers grabbed 10 rebounds. Other than that, Maryland-Eastern did almost nothing positive on either side of the ball. The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have some experienced players who can make them a competitive team in the MEAC but games against some of the big boys of college basketball is no match.
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The Villanova Wildcats beat the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in their season opener, 77-66. In the win, Villanova wasn’t exactly sharp on either side of the ball, allowing the Hawks to shoot 54.9 percent from the field and shooting just 38 percent itself. Of course, the Wildcats are dependable on the three-ball, and they made just eight of 33 attempts. Dylan Ennis had 19 points and five assists, while Ryan Arcidiacono scored 16 points and snagged seven rebounds. JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard II were a combined 8-27 from the field. The Villanova Wildcats are without question the favorite to win the Big East and are capable of shooting lights out, which is scary considering they didn’t play to their potential in their last contest.
The Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 22-8 ATS in their last 30 home games.
Since the shots weren't falling for the Villanova Wildcats in the first game, that only means one thing for this contest. Yeah, this is sure to get ugly.