Villanova vs Providence Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/29/23
Providence Friars (16-5) vs. Villanova Wildcats (10-10)
January 29, 2023 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Villanova Wildcats +1 / Providence Friars -1 ; Over/Under: 140
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The Providence Friars and the Villanova Wildcats meet Sunday in college basketball action from Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia. Providence enters this one at 16-5 overall. The Friars beat Butler in their last matchup on Wednesday. As for Villanova, they’re currently 10-10 on the year after a win over St. John’s last Friday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Providence kicked off their year on a 13-3 run, losing to only Miami-FL, Saint Louis and TCU in that time. The Friars are 3-2 in their last five, beating St. John’s, DePaul and Butler with losses to Creighton and Marquette.
In the Butler game on Wednesday, the Friars took a 36-26 advantage into the second half. Providence scored 43 more points from there and managed a 79-58 win. Bryce Hopkins was the high team scorer on 16 points and seven rebounds.
Over on the Villanova side, they lost to Temple, Michigan State, Iowa State, Portland, Oregon, UConn, Marquette and Xavier in their first 16 games. The Wildcats have gone 2-2 since then with wins over Georgetown and St. John’s.
In the St. John’s matchup on January 20, the Wildcats took a 28-28 tie into the second half. Villanova bagged a 29-21 edge from there and took the win 57-49. Caleb Daniels was tops on 16 points with two rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with Providence. The Friars have gone just 2-2 over the last four outings, but they’ve had some tough matchups to deal with in that time. Providence’s last pair of losses have each come by eight points or fewer, and they shouldn’t have too many issues staying in front of Villanova here if they play well. As for the Wildcats, they’ve had mixed results in the win column lately, but they’ve scored consistently. Villanova has 65 or more points in 16 of the last 17 outings, and I like them to hang around for most of the game here. Should be an interesting matchup.