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Connecticut Huskies vs Villanova Wildcats Preview

Villanova WildcatsConnecticut Huskies
Feb 16, 12:00 PM | Gampel Pavilion

Villanova Wildcats vs Connecticut Huskies Odds

15-10TEAM RECORD17-6

Gampel Pavilion features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Connecticut Huskies and the visiting Villanova Wildcats in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Huskies sport records of 17-6 and 9-9-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wildcats have 15-10 and 15-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-9 for the Huskies and 8-13 for the Wildcats.

View Villanova vs Connecticut Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats were listed as 5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 76-rated Huskies and the No. 53-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-71 result in favor of the Huskies.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 56 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.6 per game. That compares with Connecticut’s No. 259 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Connecticut is college basketball's No. 154-ranked team at 6.3 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 146 with 6.4 per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 95-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.3 points per game. Connecticut, meanwhile, comes in at No. 163 nationally in scoring at home.

Villanova lost its last outing, a 68-50 result against Cincinnati on February 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. The Wildcats endured a 68-50 loss at the hands of the Bearcats on Tuesday, despite a 12-point effort from JayVaughn Pinkston at Fifth Third Arena.

In their last action, Connecticut was a 66-58 winner at home against Syracuse. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Connecticut earned a 66-58 victory over Syracuse on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Ryan Boatright at Gampel Pavilion.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Rutgers are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 5-3
After a loss are 5-5

Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-3
After playing Syracuse are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Wildcats at Huskies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Villanova's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 6 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
Villanova is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Villanova is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
Connecticut is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Villanova
Connecticut is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing at home against Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to Rutgers, Monday, February 18
Connecticut home to Cincinnati, Thursday, February 21