Seton Hall vs. Villanova - 1/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (16-2) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The 4th ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates this Wednesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 4th ranked Villanova Wildcats won their 8th straight game and improved to 16-2 (6-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas, 55-50, this past Saturday. Villanova was able to build up a double-digit lead in the 2nd half but had to rely on their defense and FT’s in the 2nd half to pick up the win. Villanova shot 38.3% from the field and just 16.7% (3-18) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats held the Hoyas to 32.7% shooting from the field and forced Georgetown to commit 13 turnovers. Leading the way for Villanova was Josh Hart who had a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Josh Hart (15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 spg), Ryan Arcidiacono (12.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.4 spg), and Daniel Ochefu (10.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg). Offensively, Villanova is averaging 75.8 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field and 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49. Defensively, Villanova is holding their opponents to 60.0 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats average 6.8 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 3.6.
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The Seton Hall Pirates snapped their two-game losing streak and improved to 13-4 (3-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the 12th ranked Providence Friars, 81-72, this past Saturday. Seton Hall was able to build a 38-28 halftime lead and able to hold of Providence to pick up the big win. Seton Hall shot 48.3% from the field and outrebounded Providence by a 50-36 margin. The Pirates held the Friars to 30.1% shooting from the field and 20.0% (5-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Seton Hall was Isaiah Whitehead who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Isaiah Whitehead (15.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), Khadeen Carrington (14.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Desi Rodriguez (11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 73.9 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 5.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.93. Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Pirates average 4.5 blocks per game and 7.4 steals per game.
The Wildcats are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 Wednesday games and 23-7 ATS in their last 30 games following a ATS loss. The Pirates are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Villanova looks to be the team to beat in a very tough Big East conference as they are a well-rounded team that is especially good on the defensive end. Seton Hall was able to get a key win on the road against Providence and have one of the best point-guards in the Big East in Isaiah Whitehead who can beat you in a variety of ways. Villanova suffered a loss at Seton Hall last year and as the Wildcats have shown that they can struggle on offense for extended periods of time, I think the Pirates will be able to at worst keep this one within the number. I’m taking Seton Hall and the points.