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College Basketball Matchup - Providence Friars Villanova Wildcats Odds Preview

Villanova WildcatsProvidence Friars
22-3February 18, 2014, 07:00 | Dunkin Donuts Center17-9

Villanova travels to Providence on Tuesday, hoping to boost its 22-3 record with a victory over the Friars.

The Friars sit at 17-9 (12-12-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wildcats are currently 22-3 (17-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Providence is 13-12 OU, and Villanova is 16-7 OU.

View Villanova Wildcats vs Providence Friars Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Providence sat as 5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 56 (Friars) and the No. 25 (Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Providence was an 84-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against DePaul. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites. The Friars blew out DePaul on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 84-61 win at Dunkin Donuts Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Providence's No. 127 nationally ranked offense (71.96 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 94 at 68.04 PPG. The Friars have been averaging 41.73% from the field, less than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (46.66% on average).

A few Wildcats at Friars trends to consider:
Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Villanova is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Villanova's last 15 games
Villanova is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Providence is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Providence is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Providence's last 5 games
Providence is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Villanova home to St. John's, Saturday, February 22nd
Providence at Butler, Sunday, February 23rd