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Villanova Wildcats host Notre Dame Fighting Irish in college basketball action

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Feb 18, 9:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

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Villanova Pavilion features an NCAAB clash between the host Villanova Wildcats and the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Wildcats bring a 11-14 record (6-15-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-8 Fighting Irish, who are 9-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Villanova go 16-6 so far and the Fighting Irish go 6-14.

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Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Wildcats as 1-point underdogs in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Fighting Irish odds would favor the Fighting Irish if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Villanova is rated No. 47 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Notre Dame is at No. 45. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-70 win for the Fighting Irish.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Villanova's No. 73-ranked offense, averaging 72.7 PPG, against a Fighting Irish defense that ranks No. 55 at 61.9 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 41.5% so far, less than the Fighting Irish marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Notre Dame owns the country's No. 57-rated mark, allowing 64.5 points per game on the highway. Villanova, on the other hand, rates No. 88 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 71-53 winner as they battled Rutgers at home. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Jack Cooley scored 22 points and helped out with 18 rebounds for Notre Dame on Wednesday, leading the Fighting Irish to a 71-53 victory over Rutgers at Joyce Center.

Villanova lost its last outing, a 65-51 result against South Florida on February 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Villanova got 10 points from Maurice Sutton but lost anyway, 65-51, to South Florida on Wednesday at Sun Dome.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing West Virginia are 8-2
After playing Rutgers are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Connecticut are 9-1
After playing South Florida are 5-2
After a loss are 5-5

A few Fighting Irish at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 7 games on the road
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Notre Dame is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Villanova's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 6 games at home
Villanova is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Notre Dame
Villanova is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Notre Dame

Next up:
Notre Dame home to West Virginia, Wednesday, February 22
Villanova home to Connecticut, Monday, February 20

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