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Villanova vs. UNC Asheville - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Asheville Bulldogs (22-11) vs. Villanova Wildcats (29-5)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Villanova Wildcats -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UNC Asheville Bulldogs and Villanova Wildcats meet Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Barclays Center.

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have won seven of their last 10 games and won the Big South. The UNC Asheville Bulldogs are averaging 74.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Dylan Smith is averaging 13.5 points and 1.8 assists while Dwayne Sutton is averaging 12 points and 7.8 rebounds. Kevin Vannatta is dishing 2.7 assists and Ahmad Thomas is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The UNC Asheville Bulldogs are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs are allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have won four straight neutral site games.

Villanova vs. UNC Asheville - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Villanova Wildcats have not lost in the first round of the tournament since the 2006-07 season. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 63.7 points on 40 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.3 points and 2.1 assists. Ryan Arcidiacono is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Brunson is dishing 2.6 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats are 4-2 this season on neutral courts.

 

The Bulldogs are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 25-11-1 ATS in their last 37 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Villanova has a history of really stinking up the joint in the tournament, but this is a deep team that will also be upset after losing in the Big East tournament and wiping away a shot at a No. 1 seed. UNC Asheville is deep offensively, but it will struggle to keep up with the more talented Wildcats. I like this game being a blowout.

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Villanova Wildcats -17

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