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NCAA hoops odds preview - DePaul vs. Villanova

DePaul Blue DemonsVillanova Wildcats
Jan 8, 12:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

DePaul Blue Demons vs Villanova Wildcats Odds


Villanova looks to cover the Wildcats-Blue Demons pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 7-8 mark when they host DePaul in college basketball action.

The Blue Demons will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 7-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 2-10 ATS. DePaul is 4-6 on the totals; Villanova is 8-4.

View DePaul vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Wildcats as 8-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Blue Demons odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Villanova is rated No. 37 in the current Odds Shark poll, while DePaul is at No. 193. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-76 win for the Blue Demons.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blue Demons is ranked No. 224 in NCAA hoops at 34.1 per game. Contrast that with Villanova’s No. 31 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 161-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while DePaul rates No. 73 at 7.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, DePaul owns the country's No. 7-rated mark, allowing 55 points per game on the highway. Villanova, on the other hand, rates No. 138 in scoring at home.

DePaul won its last outing, an 84-81 result against Pittsburgh on January 5. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. DePaul got 26 points from Brandon Young en route to an 84-81 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday at Allstate Arena.

Villanova was a 74-57 loser in its last match at home against South Florida. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as favorites. Villanova got 17 points from Maalik Wayns but lost anyway, 74-57, to South Florida on Thursday at Villanova Pavilion.

DePaul Blue Demons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Seton Hall are 0-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 1-5
After a win are 6-4

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Syracuse are 8-2
After playing South Florida are 4-2
After a loss are 3-7

A few Blue Demons at Wildcats trends to consider:
DePaul is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Villanova is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing DePaul
Villanova is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Villanova's last 6 games when playing DePaul
Villanova is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
DePaul at Seton Hall, Tuesday, January 10
Villanova home to Syracuse, Wednesday, January 11