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Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Villanova Wildcats - 12/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Villanova Wildcats at Saint Joseph's Hawks
Date & Time Saturday December 7, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hagan Arena
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
EVEN
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats are on the road for a battle with the Saint Joseph's Hawks.  The Wildcats are ranked 23rd and are (6-2), coming off a 80-69 win over Pennsylvania.  The Hawks are (2-7), after falling 94-71 to Lafayette.

In the Wildcats win over Penn, Villanova was led on offense by Saddiq Bey.  Bey converted on 10 of 18 attempts from the floor, making 6 of 7 from the foul line, registering 27 points.  The Wildcats shot 51% from the floor and 40% from 3-point range.  The Wildcats out shot Penn from the foul line, 16 to 4, which turned out to be the difference in the game.  The Wildcats out rebounded Penn, 37 to 29.

In the Hawks loss to Lafayette, Saint Joseph's was guided on offense by Ryan Daly.  Daly made 9 of 17 attempts from the floor, connecting on 6 of 9 from the foul line, totaling 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the loss.  The Hawks nearly shot 42% from the floor.  Saint Joseph's picked up a loss on the night, thanks to their inability to defend the 3 ball.  Lafayette made 14 3-point shots compared to the Hawks 8.  Saint Joseph's had 11 turnovers compared to Lafayette's 5.

Recent Betting Trends:

Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs Saint Josep's.

The over is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 games.

Hawks are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.

The under is 10-5 in Hawks last 15 home games. 

Both teams have been less than profitable ATS thus far this season. Villanova has been taking care of business against teams outside of the top 25.  The Hawks on the other hand, are waiting for come consistency.  The Hawks have lost 6 in a row and have wins over Bradley and UConn this season.  The Hawks have one of the worse defense's in the country, giving up over 80 point per game, that ranks 330th.  The Wildcats are scoring 81 points per game and should be able to score at will against Saint Joseph's.  Final prediction, Villanova will win and cover on the road.    

Pick:
VILL
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