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Villanova vs. Connecticut - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Connecticut Huskies (9-3) at Villanova Wildcats (8-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
CBS
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The UConn Huskies and Villanova Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at Madison Square Garden.

The UConn Huskies look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 83.2 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 17.3 points and 2.8 assists while Alterique Gilbert is averaging 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Tarin Smith is dishing 2.7 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have lost five of their last six non-home games.

The Villanova Wildcats could use a win here to rebound from back-to-back losses. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 74.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Phil Booth is averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 assists while Eric Paschall is averaging 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Collin Gillespie is the third double-digit scorer and Saddiq Bey is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won four of their last six non-home games.

The Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 vs. Big East. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 37-15 ATS in their last 52 non-conference games and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Huskies are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 9-2-1 in Wildcats last 12 overall. The under is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 overall.

The Villanova Wildcats continue to have issues with consistency and are allowing 53.2 percent shooting on the road. This is pretty much a home game for the UConn Huskies, a team that has had countless success at Madison Square Garden and usually has a ton of fans who show up. UConn is much improved from a year ago, and its playing some of its best ball recently, outscoring teams by 12.4 points in its last five games. The UConn Huskies are also due for a breakout victory to kind of get this program out of their funk they've been in the last couple of years. I want the points.

Pick:
Connecticut Huskies +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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