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Villanova vs. East Tennessee State - 11/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (2-0) at Villanova Wildcats (2-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (The Pavilion)

The Line: Villanova -24.0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will travel to the Pavilion (Villanova) to take on the 11th ranked Villanova Wildcats in the NIT Season Tip-Off this Friday in College Basketball action.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers were able to improve to 2-0 (0-0 SOCON) on the season after they defeated the Green Bay Phoenix 103-90 this past Tuesday. East Tennessee State shot 51.4% from the field, 38.5% (10-26) from beyond the arc, and 90.55 (19-21) from the FT line. The Buccaneers held the Phoenix to just 26.7% (4-15) from three-point range and had 9 blocks in the victory. Leading the way for East Tennessee State was Ge’Lawn Guyn who had 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Also contributing for the Buccaneers was T.J. Cromer who had 17 points and 3 rebounds. On the season, East Tennessee State has been led by Ge’Lawn Guyn (22.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.5 apg), T.J. Cromer (18.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg), and A.J. Merriweather (13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Offensively, the Buccaneers are shooting 52.6% from the field and 85.0% from the free throw line. Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to 37.0% shooting from the field and are averaging 7.0 blocks per game.

Villanova vs. East Tennessee State - 11/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 11th ranked Villanova Wildcats had little trouble improving to 2-0 (0-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 87-63, this past Tuesday. Villanova went on a 22-0 run midway through the first half to take a 13 point lead at halftime and never led by less than double digits in the 2nd half. Villanova shot 49.2% from the field and 80.0% (16-20) from the FT line. The Wildcats held Nebraska to 37.7% shooting from the field and forced the Cornhuskers to commit 22 turnovers. Leading the way for Villanova was Daniel Ochefu who had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Hart (19 points, 5 reb, 4 stl) and Ryan Arcidiacono (15 points, 4 ast) also had solid games for the Wildcats. On the season, Villanova has been led by Daniel Ochefu (16.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg), Josh Hart (14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Ryan Arcidiacono (13.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg), and Kris Jenkins (11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Offensively, Villanova is shooting 47.7% from the field and is averaging 20.0 apg. Defensively, Villanova is holding teams to 32.3% shooting from the field and have a turnover margin of 7.5.

The Buccaneers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games however just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Wildcats are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win and 39-14 ATS in their last 53 home games.

Villanova is once against one of the best teams in the country even with losing their leading scorer from last season in Darrun Hilliard (14.3 ppg). East Tennessee State had a lot of turnover over the offseason but returned a few key pieces and it seems that Cincinnati transfer Ge’Lawn Guyn is thriving in the high-tempo ETSU offense. Villanova has a great defense and is always tough at home, but East Tennessee knows how to push the ball and score and I think this is just too many points to pass up. I’m taking East Tennessee State and the points. 

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