Villanova vs. Radford - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Radford Highlanders (22-12) 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 See the Latest Odds
The #1 Villanova Wildcats face the #16 Radford Highlanders in the South Region of the NCAA’s in Thursday college basketball action.
The Radford Highlanders and their slow, half court style prevailed over the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 71-61 in their First Four bout on Tuesday. Radford shot the ball well at 47.5% which was an easy winner versus the 38% accuracy of the Blackbirds.
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The Highlanders twosome of Ed Polite Jr. and Travis Fields Jr. scored 13 points apiece with Polite Jr. hauling in 13 rebounds with Carlik Jones adding 12 points and another eleven rebounds. Donald Hicks gave Radford eleven points while Devonnte Holland chipped in with nine points.
The Villanova Wildcats are the second ranked team in the game after winning the Big East playoffs to cap off a 30-4 season. Villanova knocked off the Providence Friars 76-66 in overtime in the conference championship. The Wildcats held a 43.8%-37.7% edge in marksmanship which added up to five field goals.
Do everything guard Jalen Brunson carried the Villanova offense with a contest high 31 points, six boards and four assists on 12-23 including 4-9 on threes. Mikal Bridges gave the Wildcats 25 points on 9-13 and 4-7 from distance while Eric Paschall and Omari Spellman combined for 13 points and 19 rebounds.
Radford are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and Radford are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. Villanova are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and Villanova are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games.
Radford proved how efficient they can be in their half court style but that is not going to happen against the nations top ranked offense. The spread is huge as expected and Villanova either wins by 20 or decides to win by 30...their choice.