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Cincinnati favored by 8 against Villanova on Saturday

Villanova WildcatsCincinnati Bearcats
Jan 14, 12:00 PM | Fifth Third Arena

Villanova Wildcats vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds

8-9TEAM RECORD13-4

Villanova travels to Cincinnati on Saturday, hoping to boost its 8-9 record with a victory over the Bearcats.

The Bearcats bring a 13-4 record (5-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 8-9 Wildcats, who are 3-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Cincinnati go 5-6 so far and the Wildcats go 10-4.

View Villanova vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Bearcats installed as 8-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 46-rated Villanova taking on the No. 90-rated Bearcats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-70 win for the Bearcats on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 24 in NCAA hoops at 39.5 per game. Contrast that with Cincinnati’s No. 143 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Cincinnati is the No. 44-ranked team in the country at 7.9 per game, while Villanova rates No. 179 at 6.2 per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 241-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.8 points per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 164 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Villanova was a 79-66 loser at home against Syracuse. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats got 12 points from Mouphtaou Yarou, but it was Syracuse that prevailed in a 79-66 final on Wednesday at Villanova Pavilion.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 68-64 winner on the road against Georgetown. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Sean Kilpatrick scored 27 points for Cincinnati on Monday, leading the Bearcats to a 68-64 win over Georgetown at Verizon Center.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Seton Hall are 5-5
After playing Syracuse are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Connecticut are 5-3
After playing Georgetown are 4-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Wildcats at Bearcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Villanova's last 5 games on the road
Villanova is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Villanova is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing Villanova
Cincinnati is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games

Next up:
Villanova home to Seton Hall, Wednesday, January 18
Cincinnati at Connecticut, Wednesday, January 18

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