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Offense At A Premium Between Villanova, Seton Hall

Villanova will be looking for a small bit of revenge taking on Seton Hall in the Big East tournament semis Friday. For those who don’t remember, Seton Hall knocked off Villanova in the Big East finals last year to claim its first conference crown in 23 years. However, bettors should keep an eye on the total, as the UNDER is 7-2 in the past nine games between the Wildcats and Pirates.

SHARK BITES
  • Seton Hall is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games against Villanova.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Villanova's last 20 games.
  • Seton Hall is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog of 11.0 or more.

Villanova steamrolled St. John’s in the quarterfinals, as the Wildcats walked away with a 108-67 victory. It is worth noting that starting guard Mikal Bridges played just one minute due to a stomach virus but the ’Nova bench contributed a ridiculous 52 points while shooting 16-for-18. The Wildcats had little issue with the Pirates during the regular season with Villanova going 2-0 by an average scoring margin of plus-31 points.

Seton Hall enters this semifinal affair red-hot with wins in eight of its past 10 contests. The Pirates dominated the second half against Marquette in the quarters thanks to Angel Delgado’s continued domination. The junior overcame some early foul troubles against the Golden Eagles to record 12 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists while extending his double-double streak to 13 games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you were backing the Seton Hall Pirates in this one, their betting line was listed as 11-point underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline.

Seton Hall Pirates vs Villanova Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Villanova Wildcats battles the Seton Hall Pirates, currently sitting with a 21-10 mark (14-16 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 12-20 for the Villanova Wildcats and 14-16 for the Seton Hall Pirates.

The Wildcats - Pirates odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Villanova is rated No. 10 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Seton Hall is at No. 111.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Villanova's No. 55-ranked scoring average of 78.5 PPG, against a Seton Hall Pirates defense rated No. 104 and allowing 70.68 PPG. The Villanova Wildcats FG% has averaged 50.03% to date this season, more than the Seton Hall Pirates shooters have managed so far (45.13% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Khadeen Carrington scored 19 points leading the Pirates to a 82-76 victory over Marquette at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Villanova cruised to victory on Thursday, running St. John's out of the gym and running up a 108-67 score at Madison Square Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Seton Hall is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Seton Hall is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Villanova
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Seton Hall's last 9 games when playing Villanova
  • Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Villanova is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Villanova's last 20 games
  • Villanova is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seton Hall

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