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Seton Hall Pirates host Villanova Wildcats in college basketball action

Villanova WildcatsSeton Hall Pirates
13-1January 08, 2014, 07:00 | Prudential Center10-5

Seton Hall looks to cover the Pirates-Wildcats pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 10-5 mark when they host Villanova in college basketball wagering action.

Seton Hall will face the 13-1 Wildcats, who own a 9-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Pirates are 10-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 8-4 favoring the OVER.

View Villanova Wildcats vs Seton Hall Pirates Odds and Stats.

The Pirates were listed as 9-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 70-ranked Pirates and the No. 6-rated Wildcats in this matchup.

Villanova was a 91-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Providence. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites. Villanova cruised to victory on Sunday, running Providence out of the gym and running up a 91-61 score at Villanova Pavilion.

Seton Hall was a 79-66 loser in its last match at home against Creighton. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Seton Hall got 17 points from Sterling Gibbs but lost anyway, 79-66, to Creighton on Saturday at Prudential Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 41 in NCAA hoops at 39.43 per game. Contrast that with Seton Hall’s No. 155 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Seton Hall is the No. 58-ranked team in the country at 7.53 per game, while Villanova rates No. 9 at 8.93 per game.

A few Wildcats at Pirates trends to consider:
Villanova is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Villanova is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 6 games
Villanova is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Seton Hall is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Seton Hall is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Seton Hall is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games at home
Seton Hall is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Villanova at St. John's, Saturday, January 11th
Seton Hall at Marquette, Saturday, January 11th