Virginia vs. Villanova - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (8-1) at Virginia Cavaliers (8-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the 8th ranked Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season to defeat the LaSalle Explorers, 76-47, this past Sunday to improve to 8-1 (0-0 Big East) on the season. Villanova used a strong defensive effort to limit the Explorers to just 32.7% shooting from the field and 36.8% (7-19) shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats had a solid night offensively shooting 54.9% from the field and 46.4% (13-28) from three-point range. Villanova outrebounded LaSalle by a 34-23 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 13-11 margin. Leading the way for Villanova was Josh Hart who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Josh Hart (15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), Ryan Arcidiacono (12.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.1 rpg), and Daniel Ochefu (8.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Offensively, Villanova is averaging 76.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 9.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.70. Defensively, Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 57.6 ppg on 35.7% shooting. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 5.6.
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The 8th ranked Virginia Cavaliers won their 7th consecutive game and improved to 8-1 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the 14th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 70-54, on December 8th. Virginia struggled offensively early in the game and found themselves down by six at halftime, however, the Cavaliers used an outstanding second half in which they outscored West Virginia by a 40-18 margin to secure the win. Virginia shot 62.8% from the field and forced West Virginia to commit 18 turnovers. The Cavaliers held the Mountaineers to 40.0% shooting from the field and 14.3% (2-14) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Virginia was Anthony Gill who had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. On the season, the Cavaliers have been led by Malcolm Brogdon (16.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Anthony Gill (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and London Perrantes (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.1 apg). Offensively, Virginia is averaging 76.3 ppg on 51.1% shooting from the field and 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.77. Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 57.1 ppg on 40.5% shooting. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 8.0 and a turnover margin of 5.0.
The Wildcats are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 non-conference games. The Cavaliers are 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 Saturday games however, just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
This should be a great game to kick off college basketball action on Saturday as both of these teams are great defensive teams that are both in the top 10 of the country in ppg allowed. Both of these offensives can go on cold-stretches and although the Wildcats offensive is more balanced, Virginia should have the size to control the post in this one. Both of these teams are well-experienced, well coached, and play a similar style of basketball and as I think this one is going to come down to the wire, I’m going to take Villanova and the points in this one. Take the Wildcats and the points.