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Villanova vs. Seton Hall - 1/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seton Hall at Villanova
Date & Time Sunday January 27, 2019, 2:30 PM (EST)
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Villanova Wildcats -9 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
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Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Seton Hall Pirates and the Villanova Wildcats meet in a Big East conference college basketball matchup from the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Seton Hall Pirates will be looking to rebound after losing 3 straight and 4 of their last 5 games following a 97-93 loss to DePaul in their last outing. Quincy McKnight led the Pirates with 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 9 assists while Myles Powell came right behind in 2nd with 24 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 4 threes, 6 assists and 3 steals. Myles Cale added 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 threes while Sandro Mamukelashvili chipped in 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes, 10 rebounds, a pair of steals and 3 blocks for a stat-stuffing double-double to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Seton Hall in the losing effort. Powell leads Seton Hall in scoring with 22.2 points per game while McKnight leads the Pirates in assists with 3.8 assists per game and Mamukelashvili leads the Pirates in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 75.4 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

The Villanova Wildcats will look to add to their current 7-game winning streak after picking up an 80-72 road win over Butler last time out Eric Paschall led the Wildcats with 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 5 threes while Phil Booth added 17 points along with a team-high 5 assists. Collin Gillespie added 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting with 3 threes while Saddiq Bey and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for ‘Nova in the win with Bey adding 7 rebounds while Cosby-Roundtree had a team-leading 8 boards in the winning effort. Booth leads Villanova with an average of 18.4 points and 3.8 assists per game while Cosby-Roundtree leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Villanova is averaging 76.1 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the 3-point line and 74.1% from the foul line this season.

Seton Hall is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 12-5 in their last 17 conference games. Villanova is 38-17 ATS in their last 55 games overall and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games while the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 conference games. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Villanova.

Seton Hall has been up and down in this matchup, but 4 of the last 7 meetings have been decided by 2 points or less, so you could make a case for Seton Hall and the points here. However, these two teams are headed in completely different directions at the moment, with Seton Hall losing 3 straight and 4 of 5, while the Wildcats have rattled off 7 wins in a row. I’ve often said that Villanova is especially dangerous when the shots are falling, and they have been lately, so given the form of both teams, I’ll side with the Wildcats in what I can definitely see being a double-digit victory.

Villanova -9

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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