Connecticut Huskies vs Villanova Wildcats Preview
Villanova Wildcats vs Connecticut Huskies Odds
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.
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.
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
Villanova home to Rutgers, Monday, February 18
Connecticut home to Cincinnati, Thursday, February 21