Villanova UConn Odds Matchup, Prediction
The No. 2 Villanova Wildcats will be up against the No. 7 Connecticut Huskies on Saturday as those schools meet on the hardwood in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament, with UConn 2-8-2 ATS in its past dozen games against Villanova.
Villanova had no trouble beating Milwaukee in their opening game of the tournament, winning 73-53 in that Round of 64 contest on Thursday night. Connecticut pulled out an 89-81 win over St. Joseph's in their first game of the tourney.
No. 2 seeds have won 10 straight vs 7 seeds, but UConn 6-2 ATS past eight tournament games. The UNDER is 13-2 in the past 15 UConn games, giving totals bettors an angle to consider.
UConn is just 2-8-2 ATS in its past 12 games vs Villanova, which is riding a 9-3 ATS streak in its past 12 games as favorites.
Odds Shark computer pick - 70.1-62.9 Wildcats
Villanova will face the 27-8 Huskies, who own a 17-14-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 18-12-1 on the OU so far this season while the Huskies are 11-22.
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 10-ranked Wildcats and the No. 190-rated Huskies in this matchup.
Connecticut was an 89-81 winner in its last match at home against Saint Joseph's. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Huskies grabbed an 89-81 win over the Hawks on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Shabazz Napier at First Niagara Center.
Villanova was a 73-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wisc-Milwaukee. They covered the 16.5-point spread as favorites. Villanova cruised to victory on Thursday, running Wisc-Milwaukee out of the gym and running up a 73-53 score at First Niagara Center.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Huskies rank No. 121 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.34 per game. That compares with Villanova’s No. 43 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Villanova is college basketball's No. 6-ranked team at 8.88 per game, while the Huskies rate No. 59 with 7.23 per game.
A few Huskies at Wildcats trends to consider:
Connecticut is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Connecticut's last 10 games
Connecticut is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Villanova
Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Villanova
Villanova is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Villanova is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Villanova's last 7 games
Villanova is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Connecticut