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Seton Hall Pirates vs. Villanova Wildcats - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Villanova Wildcats (13-0) at Seton Hall Pirates (11-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: Seton Hall Pirates +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Villanova Wildcats will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates this Saturday afternoon.

The Villanova Wildcats improved to 13-0 (1-0 Big East) after defeating the Butler Bulldogs 67-55 this past Wednesday. The Wildcats were outrebounded by a 40-29 margin however, held the Bulldogs to 35.5% shooting in the victory. Leading the way for Villanova was Ryan Arcidacono who had 15 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. The Wildcats are currently ranked 5th in the RPI Standings and has played the 38th ranked SOS. Villanova is a well-balanced team who have been led by Darrun Hilliard II (12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Dylan Ennis (11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), and JayVaughn Pinkston (10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, the Wildcats are averaging 77.1 ppg (ranked 28th) on 48.0% shooting (ranked 33rd). Villanova has a Turnover Margin of 5.4 which ranks 8th in the country. Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing 58.9 ppg (ranked 37th) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 33rd). Villanova averages 24.46 defensive rpg (ranked 157th) and 34.77 total rpg (ranked 194th).

Seton Hall Pirates vs. Villanova Wildcats - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seton Hall Pirates improved to 11-2 (1-0 Big East) after upsetting the 15th ranked St. John’s Red Storm 78-67 this past Wednesday.  The Pirates shot 43.5% (10-23) from three-point range and 71.0% (22-31) from the free-throw line. Leading the way for Seton Hall was Sterling Gibbs who had 25 points (5-7 3PM-A), 2 rebounds, and 8 assists. Seton Hall is ranked 15th in the RPI Standings and has played the 99th ranked SOS. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Sterling Gibbs (16.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), Isaiah Whitehead (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Angel Delgado (8.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Seton Hall will be without one of their best players in Isaiah Whitehead as they will be out a few weeks with a stress fracture in his foot. Offensively, the Pirates are averaging 72.2 ppg (ranked 91st) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 83rd). Seton Hall will need to improve on the free-throw line as they are currently shooting just 63.2% (ranked 308th) as a team. Defensively, the Pirates are allowing 60.8 ppg (ranked 70th) on 38.9% shooting (ranked 62nd). Seton Hall defends the long-range ball well as they are holding their opponents to just 26.5% shooting (ranked 6th) from beyond the arc.

The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games following a ATS win. The Pirates are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Seton Hall has been a great surprise early in the season and it’s really too bad that Isaiah Whitehead is not going to be active in this one. Although the Pirates showed us that they can still win without Whitehead with their upset win over St. John’s, I don’t think they’ll have enough to hang with the Wildcats. I’m taking Villanova to cover in this one. 

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Villanova Wildcats -7.5

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