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Villanova, Gonzaga Clash For First Time In History

Villanova and Gonzaga are without a doubt two of the best college basketball programs in the nation today. The Wildcats have made the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the past 13 years while Gonzaga has made the final 64 every year since 1998. Despite all that history, Villanova and Gonzaga will meet for the first time ever on Tuesday night at the Jimmy V Classic.

Shark Bites
  • Villanova’s Mikal Bridges is averaging 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds with 0 TOs in the last 3 games.
  • Villanova is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last 6 games as a favorite of 5.0 or less.
  • Gonzaga is 8-0-1 ATS in its last 9 games against the Big East.

Villanova enters this game with a perfect 8-0 record but has yet to face a legit test. The guard-heavy lineup has been easily outpacing their lesser competition but it’s the tandem of Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson that really separates Villanova. The two juniors are averaging a combined 35.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game and have taken over a third of the team’s shots.

This will be the third ranked team Gonzaga has faced this season after splitting the first two games. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive win over Creighton in which they held one of the best offenses in the country to just 74 points. Of course, Gonzaga has gone through plenty of turnover since last season but their depth makes them lethal with seven players averaging at least 9.8 ppg.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Villanova Wildcats betting line as 4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening OVER/UNDER total value at TopBet.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Villanova Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to cover the spread vs the Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs are 3-4 versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 5-2-1 ATS. Gonzaga is 5-2 against the total, while Villanova is 4-4 versus the total betting line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wildcats rated this week at No. 5 and the Bulldogs sitting at No. 27.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Gonzaga got 22 points from Killian Tillie en route to a 91-74 victory over Creighton on Friday at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Villanova cruised to victory on Saturday, running Saint Joseph's out of the gym and running up a 94-53 score at Hagan Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Gonzaga is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
  • Villanova is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Gonzaga at Washington, Sunday, December 10
Villanova at La Salle, Sunday, December 10