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NCAA hoops odds preview - Villanova vs. Rutgers

Villanova WildcatsRutgers Scarlet Knights
March 1, 9:00 PM | Louis Brown Athletic Center

Villanova Wildcats vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds

11-17TEAM RECORD13-16

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will hit the floor running against the visiting Villanova Wildcats Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Scarlet Knights sport records of 13-16 and 9-14 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wildcats have 11-17 and 6-17-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-12 for the Scarlet Knights and 18-7 for the Wildcats.

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Betting Line:
The Scarlet Knights are listed as 4-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 112 (Scarlet Knights) and the No. 53 (Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 71-69 result in favor of the Scarlet Knights has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 11 in NCAA hoops at 39.7 per game. Contrast that with Rutgers’s No. 178 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Rutgers is the No. 268-ranked team in the country at 5.2 per game, while Villanova rates No. 179 at 6.1 per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 287-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.7 points per game. Rutgers, meanwhile, comes in at No. 213 nationally in scoring at home.

Villanova was a 67-46 loser in its last match on the road against Georgetown. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Villanova was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Georgetown and falling by a 67-46 score at Verizon Center.

Rutgers was a 77-72 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Seton Hall. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Dane Miller scored 21 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Rutgers on Saturday, leading the Scarlet Knights to a 77-72 victory over Seton Hall at Prudential Center.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Cincinnati are 5-2
After playing Georgetown are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing St. John's are 5-5
After playing Seton Hall are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few Wildcats at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 5 games when playing on the road against Rutgers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Villanova's last 8 games on the road
Villanova is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Rutgers
Villanova is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rutgers's last 5 games when playing Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rutgers's last 5 games when playing at home against Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Rutgers's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rutgers's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Villanova home to Cincinnati, Saturday, March 3
Rutgers home to St. John's, Saturday, March 3

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