Pennsylvania Quakers vs. Villanova Wildcats - 11/29/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (6-0) at Pennsylvania Quakers (2-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Palestra)
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers +17 - Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn Quakers will have their hands full when they host the undefeated #2-ranked Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday night.
The 2nd-ranked Villanova Wildcats look to continue their hot start after winning their 6th straight game to open the season. Their most recent outing ended in a 63-47 victory for ‘Nova, behind leading scorer Josh Hart, who mustered up a team-high 13 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, including a pair of threes and a game-high 11 rebounds for his 1st double-double of the season. Kris Jenkins followed behind Hart with 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field of his own, also connected on a pair of threes. It was a balanced effort from Villanova, as 7 of the 10 Wildcats who entered the game had at least 6 points. Josh Hart leads the Wildcats with 18.2 points per game, Darryl Reynolds leads with 6.3 points per game and Jalen Brunson is the team’s top passed with 3.3 assists per game. Villanova is scoring 78.2 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 77.8% from the foul line, the 24th-best percentage in the country.
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The Penn Quakers look for some consistent play after splitting their first 4 games of the season, most recently a 70-68 defeat at the hands of Navy to fall to 2-2. Caleb Wood led Penn with 15 points on 6 of 12 with 3 threes. Jackson Donahue poured in 4 threes of his own for 12 points on the night while Quakers leading scorer AJ Brodeur and Matt MacDonald each logged 10 points. MacDonald added to his 10 points by pulling down a team-high 6 boards. AJ Brodeur leads Penn with 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Jackson Donahue leads the Quakers in assists, dishing out 3.8 helpers per game. As a team, Penn is scoring 71 points per game on 46.1% from the floor and 38.8% from 3-point range. Where Penn needs to improve if they want to contend in the Ivy League, is at the free throw line, where the Quakers are making just 58.2% of their attempts, the 5th-worst percentage in D-I.
Villanova is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 38-16-1 ATS in their last 55 non-conference games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 vs. the Ivy League. Penn is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a winning road record while the under is 15-6 in their last 21 home games. The game has gone under the total in the last 4 meetings at Penn.
As much as Penn would like to compete in this game against an in-state rival, it simply isn’t going to happen. Penn has been a floor mat against some of the top teams, and will be walked all over once again by a Villanova squad that is showing no signs of letting up in their pursuit of defending their national championship.
Give me Villanova in a blowout.