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Providence vs. Villanova - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Villanova Wildcats and the Providence Friars will meet up in college basketball action on Saturday.

Villanova comes into this game with a 10-4 record overall. After losing consecutive games to Penn and Kansas, Villanova has won their last pair versus Connecticut and DePaul.

In the Blue Demons game, Villanova’s top scorer was Eric Paschall, with 24 points, six rebounds and two assists. Phil Booth and Saddiq Bey each scored 15 points for the Wildcats, with a combined eight assists and seven rebounds.

Over on the Providence side, they’re sitting at 10-4 as well. Following three straight wins over Central Connecticut State, Albany and Texas, the Friars lost their last outing versus Creighton.

In the Bluejays game, Providence’s Alpha Diallo led the way on 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Also in double-figures for the Friars there were Maliek White (13 points), David Duke (11 points) and Makai Ashton-Langford (10 points).

The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games. Villanova is 36-17 ATS in their last 53 overall and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 following a straight-up win.

Meanwhile, the Friars are 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last four following an ATS loss. Providence is 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the Big East.

In their losses to a sneaky-good Penn team and an openly-good Kansas team, Villanova fell by just three points in each, which continues a pretty solid run for them.

Providence can score pretty well, but they’re probably a little overmatched here as far as that goes. I’m leaning toward Villanova for a cover, but otherwise staying away from this one.

Pick:
Villanova Wildcats -2.5

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