Radford vs. Villanova - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Radford Highlanders (23-12) at Villanova Wildcats (30-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -23.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds
The Radford Highlanders and Villanova Wildcats meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Radford Highlanders enter this game on an eight-game winning streak after beating LIU Brooklyn in the First Four. The Radford Highlanders are averaging 67.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Ed Polite Jr. is averaging 13.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Carlik Jones is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 assists. Donald Hicks is dishing 1.3 assists and Randy Phillips is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Radford Highlanders are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Radford Highlanders are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Radford Highlanders are 4-0 SU this season in neutral site games.
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The Villanova Wildcats enter the tournament winning 12 of their last 15 games and are fresh off winning the Big East Tournament. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 87.1 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 19.4 points and 4.7 assists while Mikal Bridges is averaging 18 points and 5.4 rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo is the third double-digit scorer and Phil Booth is grabbing three rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats are 9-0 SU this season in neutral site games.
The Highlanders are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 48-21-1 ATS in their last 70 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The over is 19-7 in Wildcats last 26 overall and the under is 5-0 in Highlanders last 5 overall.
The Radford Highlanders are a solid basketball team that's one of the better defensive clubs in the country, as they're ranked 14th in points allowed. Radford will slow the game down and try to make this a battle of the half courts. The Highlanders also have faced some good teams this season, losing to Ohio State by just 10 points and playing Vanderbilt and Nevada closer than expected. However, the Villanova Wildcats are just a different animal, and they've been money against the number, as Nova is 16-7 ATS when a double-digit favorite this season. This is obviously a lot of points to lay and there's better options on the board, but if forced to pick, I'm taking Villanova in a blowout.