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Pennsylvania Quakers vs Villanova Wildcats Preview

Villanova WildcatsPennsylvania Quakers
Dec 8, 8:00 PM | The Palestra

Villanova Wildcats vs Pennsylvania Quakers Odds


Pennsylvania looks to cover the Quakers-Wildcats pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 2-6 mark when they host Villanova in college basketball wagering action.

The Quakers bring a 2-6 record (2-3-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 4-4 Wildcats, who are 4-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Pennsylvania go 0-1 so far and the Wildcats go 3-3.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Pennsylvania in this one found them as 6-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 333-rated Quakers and the No. 136-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 67-64 result in favor of the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 127 in NCAA hoops at 36.8 per game. Contrast that with Pennsylvania’s No. 280 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Pennsylvania is the No. 224-ranked team in the country at 5.5 per game, while Villanova rates No. 217 at 5.6 per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 205-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.8 points per game. Pennsylvania, meanwhile, comes in at No. 275 nationally in scoring at home.

Villanova was a 76-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against Temple. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Villanova suffered a 76-61 loss against Temple on Wednesday, getting 15 points from James Bell in a losing effort at Villanova Pavilion.

Pennsylvania was a 58-47 loser in its last match on the road against Penn State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Pennsylvania suffered a 58-47 loss against Penn State on Saturday, getting 10 points from Tony Hicks in a losing effort at Bryce Jordan Center.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Saint Joseph's are 6-4
After playing Temple are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Pennsylvania Quakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Delaware are 2-5
After playing Penn State are 1-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Wildcats at Quakers trends to consider:
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pennsylvania
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 6 games on the road
Villanova is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Pennsylvania is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home
Pennsylvania is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pennsylvania is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Villanova
Pennsylvania is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to Saint Joseph's, Tuesday, December 11
Pennsylvania at Delaware, Friday, December 21