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NCAA hoops odds preview - Rider vs. Villanova

Rider BroncsVillanova Wildcats
5-4December 21, 2013, 04:00 | Villanova Pavilion10-0

Villanova Pavilion will host Villanova Wildcats vs. Rider Broncs action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Supporters of the Broncs have watched them go 5-4 and 3-2 ATS on the year, while the Wildcats are at 10-0 and 7-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 4-4, while the Broncs have a 5-0 mark.

View Rider Broncs vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Wildcats were listed as -21-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 117-rated Rider taking on the No. 3-rated Wildcats in this contest.

Rider was a 79-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wagner. Rider cruised to victory on Saturday, running Wagner out of the gym and running up a 79-58 score at Alumni Gymnasium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Villanova's No. 28 nationally ranked offense (82 points per game) against a Broncs defense that sits as the No. 244 at 79.44 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 44.39% from the field, less than the Broncs have managed so far this season (46.87% on average).

A few Broncs at Wildcats trends to consider:
Rider is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Rider is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Villanova is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Rider at Pennsylvania, Sunday, December 29th
Villanova at Syracuse, Saturday, December 28th