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College Basketball Matchup - Villanova Wildcats South Florida Bulls Odds Preview

South Florida BullsVillanova Wildcats
March 8, 7:00 PM | Madison Square Garden

South Florida Bulls vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

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The Wildcats will be trying to slam the South Florida Bulls on Tuesday when the teams tip off at Madison Square Garden in college betting action.

This game is part of the Big East Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Madison Square Garden).

The Wildcats are 21-10 so far on the season, and 11-16 ATS vs. the number. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 9-22 and 13-12-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Villanova go 12-15 and the Bulls go 12-14 on the totals.

View South Florida vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Wildcats installed as 9.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 19 and the Bulls at No. 120 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-62 result in favor of the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Villanova has the nation's No. 74-rated offensive output, at 72.8 PPG. The visiting Bulls defense ranks No. 112 allowing on average 65.8 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 44% so far, more than the Bulls marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.7% per game.

Defensively, South Florida features the nation's No. 64-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.1 points per game. Villanova, meanwhile, comes in at No. 118 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for South Florida, they were a 72-56 loser as they battled St. John's on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 12-point underdog. Augustus Gilchrist scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulls to a win (they lost 72-56 to St. John's at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday).

Villanova was a 60-50 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Pittsburgh. They failed to cover the 9.5–point spread as underdogs. Maalik Wayns went off for 27 points and added 2 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Pittsburgh handed Villanova a 60-50 defeat at Petersen Events Center.

South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
After playing St. John's are 1-4
After a loss are 3-7

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Bulls at Wildcats trends to consider:
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Villanova's last 12 games
Villanova is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Villanova is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games