Villanova vs. Providence - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Villanova vs. Providence - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Providence Friars (16-12) at Villanova Wildcats (22-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Villanova Wildcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: 137


The Providence Friars and the Villanova Wildcats meet in college basketball action from Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia on Saturday. 

Providence enters this one at 16-12 overall. Since losing consecutive games to Xavier and St. John’s, Providence has won three straight over Seton Hall, Georgetown and Marquette. 

In the win over Marquette, Providence’s Luwane Pipkins put up 24 points with three assists and four rebounds. David Duke added 15 points, four assists and two rebounds there, and AJ Reeves was also in double-figures for Providence with 11 points and four rebounds. 

Over on the Villanova side, they’re 22-6 this year. Villanova is on a five-game winning streak right now, taking out Marquette, Temple, DePaul, Xavier and St. John’s in succession. 

In the win over St. John’s, Villanova’s Saddiq Bey put up 23 points with four rebounds and three assists. Justin Moore was also in double-digits with 21points, six rebounds and one assist, and Jermaine Samuels turned in 10 rebounds with two assists and four points. 

Villanova is 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up win. The under is 16-5 in Villanova’s last 21 overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four home games. 

Meanwhile, Providence is 6-2 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win. Providence is 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

After a bit of a scoring lull in the Xavier and St. John’s games (58 and 69 points, respectively) Providence has put up some good totals in their last three; at least 73 in each outing, and both of their last two wins have come by double-digits. 

As for Villanova, they had a close call with Marquette but since then they’ve been in control of their games. I think the Friars are rolling right now however, and not afraid of big games. I feel like they're going to come in ready to rock so I’m sticking with Providence on the cover here. 


Andrew’s Pick Providence Friars +7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.