Saint Joseph's Hawks (0-3) at Villanova Wildcats (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Finneran Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -22 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks and the Villanova Wildcats meet in a college basketball matchup from Finneran Pavilion on Saturday night.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will look to pick up their first win of the season after falling to 0-3 following an 81-77 loss to Drexel last time out. Ryan Daly led the Hawks with 30 points on 9 of 18 shooting with a 10 of 12 mark from the foul line along with 5 rebounds while Taylor Funk added 14 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and Rahmir Moore added 12 points with 4 assists and a pair of steals to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Saint Joseph’s in the losing effort. Jordan Hall also chipped in 7 points with 4 assists in the defeat for the Hawks. Daly leads the Hawks in scoring with an average of 20.7 points per game while Funk leads the Hawks on the glass with 7 rebounds per game and Hall leads Saint Joseph’s in assists with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 80 points on 40% shooting from the field, 28.7% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line while allowing 90.3 points on 46.3% shooting from the field and 37.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Villanova Wildcats will look to add to their 6-1 record after picking up an 85-66 win over Butler last time out. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Collin Gillespie shared the team-high in scoring with 18 points with Robinson-Earl shooting 8 of 12 with a pair of threes, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Gillespie went 5 of 9 with a pair of threes and a team-high 5 assists. Justin Moore added 13 points with 5 boards and Jermaine Samuels chipped in 12 points with a team-high 6 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures in the winning effort. Gillespie leads the Wildcats in scoring and assists with 15.6 points and 4.6 assists per game while Robinson-Earl leads the Wildcats on the glass with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Villanova is averaging 78.3 points on 46.9% shooting from the field, 37.4% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.9 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 35.7% from 3-point range this season.
Saint Joseph’s is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss. Villanova is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 20-8 in their last 28 games overall. The home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams as well.
This seems like a high number given who’s at play here, but the Wildcats are always capable of putting up 80+ points and Saint Joseph’s scored 91 against Auburn earlier this year and 77 against Drexel and even 72 against Kansas. I think we see another high-scoring affair in this one so I’ll back the over, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium play that you can find here.