The Depaul Blue Demons and the Villanova Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the Finneran Pavilion on Wednesday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
Villanova is listed as a 10.5-point favorite with a ML price of -550. The total for this game is set at 141.5 points.
For Depaul, Jalen Terry is out indefinitely with an illness while Nick Ongenda is out until mid-February with a hand injury and Ahamad Bynum is out indefinitely because of a suspension. For Villanova, Jordan Longino is out until mid-February with a hamstring injury.
Depaul’s 75-65 win over Villanova back on January 10th, 2023, was their first win all-time against Villanova, snapping a 20-game losing streak in the matchup.
Depaul is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS win. Villanova is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
I’m leaning towards Depaul here. This is a better team and more complete Villanova team than the one Depaul beat not that long ago, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Villanova Wildcats remain as one of the biggest disappointments in college basketball up to this point in the season. Depaul’s had some disappointments here and there, but they’ve been competitive in spots, especially spots on the road this season and I just feel like there’s not as much of a gap as one would think.