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Villanova Has Been Ruling The Big East

The Villanova Wildcats sit atop the Big East standings with a 6-0 SU conference record and a 16-2 mark overall this season. ‘Nova has been the force of the Big East as they have won 21 consecutive games within the conference while going 16-5 ATS in that span. Villanova continues Big East play when they take on the Seton Hall Pirates at the Prudential Center Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • Villanova is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on the road.
  • Seton Hall is 4-11 SU in their last 15 games within the Big East.
  • Villanova is 1-3 ATS in their last four games against Seton Hall .

Villanova's offens sits outside the top 130 in the nation, but continue to climb in the rankings thanks to a dominant defense. ‘Nova is holding opponents to just 60.0 points per game and only once during their current eight game winning streak have they allowed 70 or more.  The Wildcats starting five are all equal threats to score however, with each of them averaging double-digit points per game.

Seton Hall shares a lot of similarities to Villanova. The Pirates have a struggling offense, but have vaulted themselves to a 13-4 SU record thanks to a defense that holds opponents to under 66 points per game. Compared to Villanova's balanced attack, Seton Hall’s offense is more heavily reliant on the duo of Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington who both average more than 14 points per game.

Whitehead and Carrington carried the load for Seton Hall when they visited Villanova back on January 6, with the two sophomores combining for 34 points. However, ‘Nova limited the other eight Seton Hall players to a combined 29 points on 29 percent shooting.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Villanova Wildcats were listed as -7-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Villanova Wildcats vs Seton Hall Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Villanova Wildcats will look to cover the spread vs the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday, as the Wildcats are 10-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pirates are 10-6 ATS. Villanova is 7-10 against the total, while Seton Hall is 6-10 versus the total betting line.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 7-rated Villanova Wildcats taking on the No. 45-rated Seton Hall Pirates in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Seton Hall's No. 140-ranked scoring average of 73.94 PPG, against a Villanova Wildcats defense rated No. 5 and allowing 60 PPG. The Seton Hall Pirates FG% has averaged 44.72% to date this season, less than the Villanova Wildcats shooters have managed so far (46.61% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wildcats got 15 points from Ryan Arcidiacono as Villanova ran past Georgetown 55-50 on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Khadeen Carrington scored 22 points leading the Pirates to a 81-72 victory over Providence at Dunkin Donuts Center on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Villanova is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Villanova is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Villanova's last 8 games on the road
  • Seton Hall is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Seton Hall is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Seton Hall's last 14 games
  • Seton Hall is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Villanova home to Providence, Saturday, January 23rd
Seton Hall at Xavier, Saturday, January 23rd