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March Madness - Lafayette Leopards vs Villanova Wildcats NCAA College Basketball Betting

Lafayette Leopards


Villanova Wildcats
Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:50 PM ET
Consol Energy Center

The Villanova Wildcats finished the season on a 15-0 SU and 13-2 ATS run to secure a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova's tournament gets underway on Thursday at the CONSOL Energy Center against the Lafayette Leopards.

Villanova is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games as a double-digit favorite (and they were laying 22.5 points midweek at Bovada). The Wildcats hope that this trend will continue instead of their 2-6 ATS trend in the first round of the NCAA Tournament since 2006. The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS when favored by 20 or more since 2010.

While a 16 has never defeated a 1 seed, beware this stat: Villanova has lost three of its past four Madness games when favored.

No. 16 Lafayette finished its season on a 6-1 SU run, topping the American Eagles in the Patriot League final to win the conference and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. 16-seeds are 6-2 ATS over the last two seasons in March Madness play. The Leopards had gone just 3-6 SU over their previous nine games before their hot finish.

Lafayette Leopards vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Lafayette Leopards will look to cover the spread vs the Villanova Wildcats on Thursday, as the Leopards are 4-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 24-10 ATS. Lafayette is 5-4 against the total, while Villanova is 15-19 versus the total betting line.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 297-rated Lafayette Leopards taking on the No. 3-rated Villanova Wildcats in this contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Leopards got 25 points from Nick Lindner as Lafayette ran past American 65-63 on Wednesday at Kirby Center.

The Wildcats grabbed a 69-52 win over the Musketeers on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from Dylan Ennis at Madison Square Garden.

Villanova vs Lafayette Betting Odds:

Villanova finished on 15-0 SU, 13-2 ATS run

Lafayette finished year on 6-1 SU run

Villanova 14-5 ATS this season when double-digit favorites

Villanova just 1-6 ATS past seven Madness games

Villanova has lost three of its past four Madness games when favored