Villanova Wildcats vs. Rider Broncs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/21/13
Rider Broncs (5-4) at Villanova Wildcats (10-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS 1
The Villanova Wildcats look to avoid the upset bid of the visiting Rider Broncs on Saturday.
If you have followed Rider through the years you are aware this team has been capable at the offensive end but sometimes gives up points which makes them a threat to win or lose in the final minutes. The Broncs have their offense clicking with three straight victories following a 79-58 rout of Wagner behind 53% shooting that led the way to an 18 point half time lead. That was enough to down the 33% shooting Seahawks who couldn't buy a basket. Zedric Taylor led the scoring with 20 points and eight rebounds with Daniel Stewart adding 17 points and grabbing eight boards while three others combined for 27 points.
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Villanova has been very impressive thus far and probably one of the surprise teams in the game at 10-0 and ranked number six. We didn't see this coming based on the performances of the past several years but it is obvious the Wildcats can score a ton of points as well as defend. These trends continued with a 73-52 pounding of rival La Salle behind a 35-18 second half run that broke open a tight game. Nova sank nearly half their looks while limiting the Explorers to 39% marksmanship including a 1-13 mark from long range. Darrun Hilliard Hilliard led all scorers with 21 points with Josh Hart netting 13 points and snagging five pulls while Kris Jenkins added eleven points followed by JayVaughn Pinkston with seven points and seven yanks.
Villanova won't have any problem winning this but could be looking ahead to Syracuse but other then that I don't have an angle. May be Rider scores and sneaks in a cover and may be they get crushed with no defense...