Villanova vs. Akron - 11/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (3-0) at Villanova Wildcats (3-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Akron Zips and 11th ranked Villanova Wildcats will square off in the NIT Season Tip-Off at The Pavilion this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Akron Zips improved to 3-0 (0-0 MAC) on the season after upsetting the Arkansas Razorbacks 88-80 on the road this past Wednesday. Akron was able to build up an 8-point halftime lead and was able to hang on in the second half even though they allowed 51 points in the 2nd half. Akron had the hot hand on the offensive end in the victory as they shot 50.9% from the field and 46.4% (13-28) from beyond the arc. The Zips held the Razorbacks to 38.1% shooting from the field and 30.0% (6-20) shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for Akron was Antino Jackson who had 23 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Akron has been led by Antino Jackson (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Isaiah Johnson (11.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg), and Pat Forsythe (10.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg). Offensively, Akron is shooting 48.0% on the season and averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game. Defensively, Akron has been outstanding as they’ve held their opponents to just 28.4% shooting from the field and have a rebound margin of 11.7.
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The 11th ranked Villanova Wildcats had no trouble with the high scoring East Tennessee State Buccaneers and improved to 3-0 (0-0 Big East) on the season after a dominating 86-51 victory. For the 2nd straight game, Villanova used a large 1st half run to take a commanding lead at halftime. Villanova shot 50.85 from the field and 41.2% (14-34) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Wildcats held the Buccaneers to just 18.2% (4-22) from three-point range and outrebounded East Tennessee State by a 44-32 margin. Leading the way for Villanova was Daniel Ochefu who had a double-double with 12 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Daniel Ochefu (15.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg), Kris Jenkins (13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Josh Hart (13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg). Villanova is shooting 48.7% from the field over their first three games while also averaging 11.0 three pointers per game. The Wildcats are currently holding their opponents to 32.2% shooting from the field and are averaging 8.0 spg.
The Zips are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 40-14 ATS in their last 54 home games and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games.
Villanova has gone on major runs in each of their last two games which has pretty much put the game out of hand, however, Akron is one of the better mid-major teams in the country and have been outstanding on the defensive end on this season. Akron is always a little risky to take as they do depend on the three-pointer however, they’ve started the season off hot and I think that at worse they’ll battle the Wildcats and keep it within the large number. Take Akron and the points.