Lafayette vs. Villanova - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova (32-2) at Lafayette (20-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 (CONSOL Energy Center)
The Line: Villanova -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Lafayette Leopards and Villanova Wildcats meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Lafayette Leopards won the Patriot League and have won four straight. On the season, Lafayette is averaging 74.2 points on 48.8 percent shooting and is allowing 72.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Dan Trist is averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Seth Hinrichs is averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 assists. Nick Lindner is the third double-digit scorer and Joey Ptasinski is dishing 1.7 assists. The Lafayette Leopards have five players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 76.6 percent from the line and 41.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Lafayette is allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in four of its last six games.
The Villanova Wildcats won the Big East and haven’t lost since January 19th. On the season, Villanova is averaging 76.3 points on 47 percent shooting and is allowing 60.9 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Darrun Hilliard II is averaging 14 points and 2.2 assists while Josh Hart is averaging 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono is the third double-digit scorer and Dylan Ennis is dishing 3.5 assists. The Villanova Wildcats have six players averaging at least 9.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Villanova is allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five of its last seven games.
The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 45-18 ATS in their last 63 games overall.
Lafayette can score with the best of them, but the problem is they don't play a lick of defense. The up-tempo style of play is the reason the Leopards were crushed in many games this season, including against top tier comp. Look for this to be your typical No. 1 seed blowout.