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Big East Semis: Villanova the favorite

The Villanova Wildcats are favored over the Providence Friars in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament on Friday after the Wildcats topped the Friars both SU and ATS in each of their two meetings in the regular season.

Villanova, the top seed in the Big East Tournament, thumped Marquette 84-49 in the quarterfinals of the event on Thursday, while Providence had no trouble getting past St. John's in a 74-57 victory. The OVER has paid out in each of the last four games between the two schools.

Providence Friars vs Villanova Wildcats Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Villanova Wildcats betting line opened as -8-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Providence Friars vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Villanova Wildcats currently sport a 30-2 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 23-9 ATS. The Providence Friars are 22-10 and 17-11-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Villanova Wildcats produce a 15-17 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Providence Friars have gone 18-11 against the totals betting line.

The Wildcats - Friars odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Villanova is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Providence is at No. 155.

How Providence Friars vs Villanova Wildcats Stats Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Villanova's No. 129-rated squad against Providence's No. 74-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Villanova rates No. 8 in the country with 9.06 per game, while their foes tonight, the Providence Friars rank No. 230 nationally with 4.81 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

LaDontae Henton scored 20 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, leading Providence over St. John's, 74-57, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

The battle between the Wildcats and Golden Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Marquette was handed a 84-49 defeat on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.