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Wildcats open as college hoops underdog vs Hawks

Villanova WildcatsSaint Joseph's Hawks
Dec 17, 8:00 PM | Hagan Arena

Villanova Wildcats vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds

6-4TEAM RECORD7-3

The Hawks will try to cover the spread at Hagan Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Villanova Wildcats in college basketball action.

The Hawks sport records of 7-3 and 7-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wildcats have 6-4 and 1-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-4 for the Hawks and 5-3 for the Wildcats.

View Villanova vs Saint Josephs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 3-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks sit at No. 83 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 34 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 78-76.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 21 in NCAA hoops at 40.6 per game. Contrast that with Saint Joseph's’s No. 173 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Saint Joseph's is the No. 184-ranked team in the country at 6 per game, while Villanova rates No. 96 at 7 per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 131-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.3 points per game. Saint Joseph's, meanwhile, comes in at No. 219 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Villanova was a 68-43 winner at home against Boston University. Villanova cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Boston University out of the gym and running up a 68-43 score at Villanova Pavilion.

Saint Joseph's was an 80-71 winner in their most recent outing at home against Creighton. They covered the 1–point spread as underdogs. Saint Joseph's got 29 points from Carl Jones en route to an 80-71 victory over Creighton on Saturday at Hagan Arena.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing American are 0-1
After playing Boston University are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

Saint Joseph's Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Creighton are 2-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Wildcats at Hawks trends to consider:
Villanova is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Saint Joseph's
Villanova is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Villanova is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Saint Joseph's last 8 games when playing Villanova
Saint Joseph's is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Saint Joseph's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Saint Joseph's is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to American, Thursday, December 22
Saint Joseph's home to Coppin State, Wednesday, December 21

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