Villanova vs. Providence - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Providence Friars (16-3) at Villanova Wildcats (17-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Providence Friars and Villanova Wildcats meet Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
The Providence Friars look for a statement win after splitting their last four games. The Providence Friars are averaging 74.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.6 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Ben Bentil is averaging 19.2 points and 7.9 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 17.2 points and 2.9 assists. Rodney Bullock is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Lindsey is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Friars are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars have won nine of their last 12 road games.
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The Villanova Wildcats hope to build on their nine-game winning streak. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 75.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 60.6 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds while Ryan Arcidiacono is averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 assists. Kris Jenkins is grabbing 3.1 rebounds and Jalen Brunson is dishing 2.8 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats haven’t lost a home game since January of 2014.
The Friars are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 39-16 ATS in their last 55 home games and 55-27-1 ATS in their last 83 games overall. The Friars are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
We know Villanova doesn't lose at home, but Providence isn't a pushover. The Friars can put the ball in the hoop and have arguably the best player in college basketball. I'll take my chances with the points.