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Villanova vs. Seton Hall - 3/16/19 Big East Championship College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seton Hall at Villanova
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 6:35 PM (EDT)
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
The Line
Villanova Wildcats -4 -- O/U: 137
TV Channel
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The Villanova Wildcats and the Seton Hall Pirates meet in the Big East championship game from Madison Square Garden in college basketball action on Saturday evening.

The Villanova Wildcats will be looking to lift the Big East championship for the 3rd consecutive year after advancing to the title game with a 71-67 overtime win over Xavier in their last outing. Phil Booth led the Musketeers with 28 points on 9 of 20 shooting with 4 threes, 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Jermaine Samuels came 2nd with 17 points along with 4 threes, a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Eric Paschall added 12 points and Saddiq Bey chipped in 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for ‘Nova in the winning effort. Booth leads Villanova in scoring and assists with 18.7 points and 3.8 assists per game while Paschall leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game. As a team, Villanova is averaging 74.5 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season.

The Seton Hall Pirates will look to lift the trophy for the first time since 2016 after picking up an 81-79 win over Marquette in their semifinal matchup on Friday night. Myles Powell led the Pirates with 22 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 7 assists while Quincy McKnight added 18 points with 4 assists. Michael Nzei chipped in 14 points with 15 rebounds for the double-double while Sandro Mamukelashvili added 10 points with 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Seton Hall in the win. Powell leads Seton Hall in scoring with 22.9 points per game while Mamukelashvili leads the Pirates on the glass with 7.7 rebounds per game and McKnight leads Seton Hall in assists with 4 assists per game. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 73.8 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 32.6% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.

Villanova is 36-17 ATS in their last 53 neutral site games and 29-14 ATS in their last 43 games overall while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record. Seton Hall is 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. The under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.

I think that Seton Hall has done more than enough in this tournament to get off of the bubble and secure a spot in the big dance, but as far as the conference title game goes, I just think that Villanova, regardless of their ups and downs, are a team that's built for a tournament like this one and a tournament like march madness. This will be an entertaining game throughout, but in the end I just see Villanova being too much so I'll lay the points with the Wildcats here.

Villanova -4

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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