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College Basketball Matchup - Pittsburgh Panthers Villanova Wildcats Odds Preview

Villanova WildcatsPittsburgh Panthers
March 3, 12:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Villanova Wildcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds

18-11TEAM RECORD22-7

Pittsburgh will look to improve on its 22-7 record on Sunday when they host Villanova in NCAA basketball odds action at Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers bring a 22-7 record (12-11 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-11 Wildcats, who are 17-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Pittsburgh go 10-11 so far and the Wildcats go 10-15.

View Villanova vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Pittsburgh Panthers as 9.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers - Wildcats odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 33 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Villanova is at No. 56. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 79-68 win for the Panthers.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 88 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.7 per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 154 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Pittsburgh is college basketball's No. 309-ranked team at 4.8 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 148 with 6.3 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Villanova owns the country's No. 88-rated mark, allowing 65.9 points per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 142 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Villanova, they were a 66-65 loser as they battled Seton Hall on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. The Wildcats got 16 points from Ryan Arcidiacono, but it was Seton Hall that prevailed in a 66-65 final on Monday at Prudential Center.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 64-44 result against South Florida on February 27. They covered in that game as a 16.5-point favorite. Pittsburgh cruised to victory on Wednesday, running South Florida out of the gym and running up a 64-44 score at Petersen Events Center.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Georgetown are 7-3
After playing Seton Hall are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing DePaul are 7-2
After playing South Florida are 4-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Wildcats at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Villanova's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Villanova is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Villanova is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Villanova
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Villanova
Pittsburgh is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games

Next up:
Villanova home to Georgetown, Wednesday, March 6
Pittsburgh at DePaul, Saturday, March 9