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Villanova vs American Prediction Basketball Picks 11-6-23

Villanova Wildcats (0-0) vs American Eagles (0-0)
2023-11-06 19:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Villanova Wildcats -21.5 -- Over/Under: 139
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The Villanova Wildcats gear up to defend their den against the American University Eagles in a Monday night showdown. Last season, Villanova clawed their way to a balanced 17-17 record, battling through the Big East with a .500 conference performance. American, with a 17-15 tally, looks to soar beyond last year’s middle-of-the-pack finish in the Patriot League. With Villanova favored heavily, the Eagles are hungry to upset the odds and make a statement on Villanova’s hardwood.

Set to Soar Under Coach Simpkins’ Game Plan

With the dawn of a new era under the stewardship of first-year head coach Duane Simpkins, American University Eagles are poised to make their mark in the upcoming season. Last year, the Eagles soared to a respectable finish, despite facing turbulence in the second half of conference play. This season, they are banking on their core players, enhanced by strategic new signings, to chart a course for success.

The Eagles’ nest retains its strength with four of the top five scorers returning, including the dynamic Matt Rogers. Rogers, a preseason All-Patriot pick, flexed his muscles with an impressive 14.1 points and 6.3 boards per game last season. The court generalship is bolstered by the formidable backcourt trio of Elijah Stephens, Geoff Sprouse, and Colin Smalls, each bringing a blend of scoring, playmaking, and defensive tenacity.

Despite the departure of key contributors, the Eagles’ flight plan remains intact. They’ve mastered the art of scoring with an average of 65.4 points while locking down the rim, allowing only 43.2% field goal shooting by their adversaries. Their defensive prowess is further underlined by conceding just 30.3 rebounds and maintaining a steal count of 7.4 per game.

Offensively, American University hits the hardwood with a solid 48.2% shooting from the field and a 34.6% success rate from beyond the arc. This efficiency will be crucial in games that go down to the wire. The team’s free-throw shooting, a critical aspect of any squad’s arsenal, is also noteworthy at 70.1%.

Elijah Stephens, the guard with a hawk-eye for assists, returns to orchestrate the offense after dishing out 4 assists per game. His defensive hustle is just as vital, notching nearly 2 steals each outing. The Eagles also expect major contributions from Johnny O’Neil, who not only cleans the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game but also swats 1.7 blocks, throwing a wrench in the opposition’s offensive gears.

Gearing Up for a Comeback with a Revitalized Roster

As the college basketball season approaches, all eyes are on the #24 Villanova Wildcats, a team coming off a middling 17-17 season. With a conference rank of #4 in the Big East, expectations are high. The team, led by Coach Kyle Neptune, aims to make a significant leap from last year’s NIT appearance.

The Wildcats have lost some heavy hitters, most notably Caleb Daniels, who was a scoring machine with 14.2 points per game. Also gone are Cam Whitmore and Brandon Slater, whose contributions were pivotal across the board. These departures will undoubtedly leave gaps, but Villanova isn’t short on talent.

Senior Forward Eric Dixon is back in the paint, boasting a solid 15.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Justin Moore, another senior guard, adds firepower with 13.5 ppg and playmaking abilities with 3.2 assists per game. Look for sophomores Mark Armstrong and Brendan Hausen to step up their game, as they’re expected to fill the void left by the departures. But the real buzz surrounds the new blood. Transfers TJ Bamba and Tyler Burton bring senior experience, while Jordann Dumont offers youthful exuberance. Lance Ware and Hakim Hart, transferring from Kentucky and Maryland respectively, add depth and versatility to both ends of the floor.

Statistically, the Wildcats have room for improvement. Averaging 69.6 points per game places them 222nd in the nation, while their field goal percentage stands at a less-than-stellar 43.6%. However, they shine at the charity stripe, leading the conference with an 82% free-throw percentage. On the defensive end, they allow 67.7 points on average and hold their opponents to a 43.7% shooting, ranking them 101st and 170th nationally.

David´s Pick – American University Eagles

American University Eagles have the edge over Villanova Wildcats with a tactical advantage under Coach Simpkins. The Eagles’ impressive offensive and defensive stats, including a solid 48.2% field goal and a tight defense allowing only 48.2% shooting, outshine the Wildcats’ performance. With Matt Rogers leading the scoring and the backcourt trio providing a formidable defense, the Eagles have a synergy that the Wildcats’ new roster may lack. Villanova’s reliance on transfers could disrupt their rhythm early on. Expect the Eagles to capitalize on their consistency and coaching strategy to clinch an against the spread victory.

 

 

Bill Colleoni's Free Pick: American University Eagles

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Villanova vs American Prediction Basketball Picks 11-6-23

Villanova Wildcats (0-0) vs American Eagles (0-0)
2023-11-06 19:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Villanova Wildcats -21.5 -- Over/Under: 139
(Get latest betting odds)

The Villanova Wildcats gear up to defend their den against the American University Eagles in a Monday night showdown. Last season, Villanova clawed their way to a balanced 17-17 record, battling through the Big East with a .500 conference performance. American, with a 17-15 tally, looks to soar beyond last year’s middle-of-the-pack finish in the Patriot League. With Villanova favored heavily, the Eagles are hungry to upset the odds and make a statement on Villanova’s hardwood.

Set to Soar Under Coach Simpkins’ Game Plan

With the dawn of a new era under the stewardship of first-year head coach Duane Simpkins, American University Eagles are poised to make their mark in the upcoming season. Last year, the Eagles soared to a respectable finish, despite facing turbulence in the second half of conference play. This season, they are banking on their core players, enhanced by strategic new signings, to chart a course for success.

The Eagles’ nest retains its strength with four of the top five scorers returning, including the dynamic Matt Rogers. Rogers, a preseason All-Patriot pick, flexed his muscles with an impressive 14.1 points and 6.3 boards per game last season. The court generalship is bolstered by the formidable backcourt trio of Elijah Stephens, Geoff Sprouse, and Colin Smalls, each bringing a blend of scoring, playmaking, and defensive tenacity.

Despite the departure of key contributors, the Eagles’ flight plan remains intact. They’ve mastered the art of scoring with an average of 65.4 points while locking down the rim, allowing only 43.2% field goal shooting by their adversaries. Their defensive prowess is further underlined by conceding just 30.3 rebounds and maintaining a steal count of 7.4 per game.

Offensively, American University hits the hardwood with a solid 48.2% shooting from the field and a 34.6% success rate from beyond the arc. This efficiency will be crucial in games that go down to the wire. The team’s free-throw shooting, a critical aspect of any squad’s arsenal, is also noteworthy at 70.1%.

Elijah Stephens, the guard with a hawk-eye for assists, returns to orchestrate the offense after dishing out 4 assists per game. His defensive hustle is just as vital, notching nearly 2 steals each outing. The Eagles also expect major contributions from Johnny O’Neil, who not only cleans the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game but also swats 1.7 blocks, throwing a wrench in the opposition’s offensive gears.

Gearing Up for a Comeback with a Revitalized Roster

As the college basketball season approaches, all eyes are on the #24 Villanova Wildcats, a team coming off a middling 17-17 season. With a conference rank of #4 in the Big East, expectations are high. The team, led by Coach Kyle Neptune, aims to make a significant leap from last year’s NIT appearance.

The Wildcats have lost some heavy hitters, most notably Caleb Daniels, who was a scoring machine with 14.2 points per game. Also gone are Cam Whitmore and Brandon Slater, whose contributions were pivotal across the board. These departures will undoubtedly leave gaps, but Villanova isn’t short on talent.

Senior Forward Eric Dixon is back in the paint, boasting a solid 15.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Justin Moore, another senior guard, adds firepower with 13.5 ppg and playmaking abilities with 3.2 assists per game. Look for sophomores Mark Armstrong and Brendan Hausen to step up their game, as they’re expected to fill the void left by the departures. But the real buzz surrounds the new blood. Transfers TJ Bamba and Tyler Burton bring senior experience, while Jordann Dumont offers youthful exuberance. Lance Ware and Hakim Hart, transferring from Kentucky and Maryland respectively, add depth and versatility to both ends of the floor.

Statistically, the Wildcats have room for improvement. Averaging 69.6 points per game places them 222nd in the nation, while their field goal percentage stands at a less-than-stellar 43.6%. However, they shine at the charity stripe, leading the conference with an 82% free-throw percentage. On the defensive end, they allow 67.7 points on average and hold their opponents to a 43.7% shooting, ranking them 101st and 170th nationally.

David´s Pick – American University Eagles

American University Eagles have the edge over Villanova Wildcats with a tactical advantage under Coach Simpkins. The Eagles’ impressive offensive and defensive stats, including a solid 48.2% field goal and a tight defense allowing only 48.2% shooting, outshine the Wildcats’ performance. With Matt Rogers leading the scoring and the backcourt trio providing a formidable defense, the Eagles have a synergy that the Wildcats’ new roster may lack. Villanova’s reliance on transfers could disrupt their rhythm early on. Expect the Eagles to capitalize on their consistency and coaching strategy to clinch an against the spread victory.

 

 

Bill Colleoni's Free Pick: American University Eagles

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