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Point spread favors Wildcats in battle with Bulls

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Jan 5, 8:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

South Florida Bulls vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

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Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for South Florida when they take on the Wildcats on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

This season, the Wildcats are 7-7 overall and 2-9 ATS ATS, while the Bulls are 8-7 and 5-7 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Villanova boasts a 7-4 on the OU, and South Florida is 4-8.

View South Florida vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Wildcats installed as 8-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Bulls odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Villanova is rated No. 37 in the current Odds Shark poll, while South Florida is at No. 134. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-68 win for the Wildcats.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Villanova's No. 17-rated squad against South Florida's No. 249-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Villanova rates No. 144 in the country with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 251 nationally with 5.3 per match.

Defensively, South Florida features the nation's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.4 points per game. Villanova, meanwhile, comes in at No. 112 nationally in scoring at home.

South Florida won its last outing, a 67-65 result against Rutgers on January 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. The Bulls grabbed a 67-65 win over the Scarlet Knights on Sunday, behind a 15-point effort from Ron Anderson Jr. at Sun Dome.

In their last action, Villanova was an 81-77 loser on the road against Marquette. They covered the 10.5–point spread as underdogs. Mouphtaou Yarou scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 81-77 to Marquette at Bradley Center on Sunday).

South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Notre Dame are 1-7
After playing Rutgers are 1-9
After a win are 3-7

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing DePaul are 6-2
After playing Marquette are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bulls at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Florida's last 5 games on the road
South Florida is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
South Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Villanova is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing South Florida
Villanova is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Villanova is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
South Florida at Notre Dame, Tuesday, January 10
Villanova home to DePaul, Sunday, January 8

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