Villanova vs. Providence - 2/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Providence Friars (18-8) at Villanova Wildcats (25-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Providence Friars and Villanova Wildcats play Tuesday night at The Pavilion.
The Providence Friars have split their last six games and look for their second ranked win. On the season, Providence is averaging 70.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.9 points on 42 percent shooting. LaDontae Henton is averaging 20.6 points and six rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 assists. Tyler Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Carson Desrosiers is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Providence Friars have four players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 70.3 percent from the line and 30.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Providence is allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in five of its last seven games.
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The Villanova Wildcats have won eight straight games and look to wrap up the Big East. On the season, Villanova is averaging 75.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Darrun Hilliard II is averaging 14.4 points and two assists while Ryan Arcidiacono is averaging 10.2 points and 3.6 assists. JayVaughn Pinkston is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Josh Hart is shooting 48.6 percent from the field. The Villanova Wildcats have six players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 71.6 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Villanova is allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Friars are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Wildcats are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 vs. Big East and 40-16 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Friars are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Villanova and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Providence Friars aren't getting much respect here even though five of the last six meetings between these two teams have been decided by six or less points. The Friars are a solid basketball team that's going to look to get that marquee win. Take the points here and don't look back.