Providence Friars vs. Villanova Wildcats - 2/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (21-2) at Providence Friars (17-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Villanova Wildcats will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Friars this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 6th ranked Villanova Wildcats improved to 21-2 (8-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the 24th ranked Georgetown Hoyas, 69-53, this past Saturday. Villanova shot 47.8% from the field and 50.0% (12-24) from beyond the arc in the Victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Darrun Hilliard II who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Villanova is ranked 5th in the RPI Standings and has played the 38th ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Darrun Hilliard II (13.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 spg) and Josh Hurt (10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg). Villanova is averaging 74.8 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 60th). The Wildcats average 8.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 32nd) and 15.8 apg (ranked 19th). Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 59.9 ppg (ranked 31st) on 40.3% shooting (ranked 76th). The Wildcats are holding teams to 29.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 15th) and have a turnover margin of 3.7 (ranked 16th).
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The Providence Friars dropped to 17-7 (7-4 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Xavier Musketeers, 78-69, this past Saturday. Providence shot 44.2% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Friars was LaDontae Henton who had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals. Providence is ranked 23rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 4th ranked SOS. On the season, the Friars have been led by LaDontae Henton (20.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Kris Dunn (15.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.5 apg). Providence is averaging 70.0 ppg (ranked 110th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 107th). The Friars are averaging just 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 79th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22 (ranked 57th). Providence is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg (ranked 138th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 152nd). The Friars average 7.0 spg (ranked 92nd) and have a rebound margin of 3.4 (ranked 81st).
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Big East and 43-19 ATS in their last 62 games following a S.U. win. The Friars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 home games.
Villanova was able to get their revenge on Georgetown as they shot 50.0% from the three-point line in their dominating victory. Providence struggled on the defensive end however, as they weren’t able to hand Xavier their first home loss of the season. Villanova is one of the best teams of the country as they used a well-balance attack on the both ends of the floor to beat you. Although I'm always a bit nervous going against Villanova, Providence has two starts in the LeDontae Henton and Kris Dunn and is always tough to beat at home. I think this one will come down to the wire and I think that Providence will pull off the upset in this one. Take Providence and the points.