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Feb 18, 9:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

13-11TEAM RECORD16-10

Villanova looks to cover the Wildcats-Scarlet Knights pointspread on Monday and improve its overall 16-10 mark when they host Rutgers in college basketball wagering action.

The Wildcats sit at 16-10 (16-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Scarlet Knights are currently 13-11 (9-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Villanova is 8-14 OU, and Rutgers is 7-11 OU.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Wildcats as 10-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Wildcats, most recently No. 53 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Scarlet Knights, who rate No. 110 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 70-66 victory for the Wildcats.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Scarlet Knights is ranked No. 184 in NCAA hoops at 34.6 per game. Contrast that with Villanova’s No. 53 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 134-ranked team in the country at 6.5 per game, while Rutgers rates No. 283 at 5 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Rutgers owns the country's No. 161-rated mark, allowing 69.1 points per game on the highway. Villanova, on the other hand, rates No. 218 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Rutgers, they were a 75-69 loser as they battled DePaul on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog. Myles Mack scored 28 points for Rutgers on Saturday, but the Blue Demons managed a 75-69 victory over the Scarlet Knights at Allstate Arena.

Villanova won its last outing, a 70-61 result against Connecticut on February 16. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. The Wildcats got a terrific 25-point effort from Ryan Arcidiacono as Villanova defeated Connecticut 70-61 on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Providence are 3-7
After playing DePaul are 2-6
After a loss are 5-5

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Marquette are 6-4
After playing Connecticut are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Scarlet Knights at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rutgers's last 5 games on the road
Rutgers is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Villanova
Rutgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Villanova's last 11 games when playing Rutgers
Villanova is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Rutgers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Villanova's last 6 games
Villanova is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Rutgers

Next up:
Rutgers home to Providence, Saturday, February 23
Villanova home to Marquette, Saturday, February 23

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