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Villanova Dogs vs UConn Monday

Two marquee programs who have hit the skids in 2012 clash Monday in a Big East battle for college basketball bettors.

Villanova has struggled to a 4-10 conference record and are small home underdogs against UConn, which is just 6-8 in the Big East. And just a year after winning the national title.

Connecticut is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road while the total has gone OVER in 12 of Villanova's last 14 games.

The Wildcats currently sports a 11-15 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-16-1 ATS. The Huskies are 16-10 and 7-14-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 17-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Huskies have gone 8-14 against the number.

View Connecticut vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats were listed as 1-point underdogs at most sportsbooks such as TopBet but was already getting bet up to -2.5 points. The total was 138 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Huskies odds would favor the Huskies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Villanova is rated No. 53 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Connecticut is at No. 16. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-70 win for the Huskies.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Huskies is ranked No. 36 in NCAA hoops at 38 per game. Contrast that with Villanova’s No. 6 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 156-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while Connecticut rates No. 264 at 5.2 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Connecticut owns the country's No. 101-rated mark, allowing 66.9 points per game on the highway. Villanova, on the other hand, rates No. 92 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Connecticut was a 79-64 loser at home against Marquette. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Connecticut suffered a 79-64 loss against Marquette on Saturday, getting 19 points from Jeremy Lamb in a losing effort at Gampel Pavilion.

In their last action, Villanova was a 74-70 loser at home against Notre Dame. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Villanova got 24 points from JayVaughn Pinkston but lost anyway, 74-70, to Notre Dame on Saturday at Villanova Pavilion.

Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
Before playing Syracuse are 6-4
After playing Marquette are 5-2
After a loss are 5-5

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
Before playing Georgetown are 8-2
After playing Notre Dame are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6


A few Huskies at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games on the road
Connecticut is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Villanova
Connecticut is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Connecticut is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Villanova's last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Villanova's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Villanova's last 10 games when playing Connecticut
Villanova is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Connecticut

Next up:
Connecticut home to Syracuse, Saturday, February 25
Villanova at Georgetown, Saturday, February 25