Villanova vs. Connecticut - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Connecticut Huskies (10-6) at Villanova Wildcats (13-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Finneran Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -9.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Connecticut Huskies and the Villanova Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the Pavilion on Saturday.
Connecticut enters this one at 10-6 so far. The Huskies are 1-3 in their last four games, beating Tulane while otherwise falling to Cincinnati, South Florida and Connecticut in that time.
In the 2OT loss to the Shockers, UConn’s lead scorer was Christian Vital, with 25 points, five rebounds and one assist. Alterique Gilbert added 14 points and six rebounds there, James Bouknight had 16 points and six boards, and Josh Carlton posted 13 points with 12 rebounds.
Over on the Villanova side, they’re 13-3 this year. The Wildcats have won their last three straight games since falling to Marquette, taking out Creighton, Georgetown and DePaul in that time.
In the win over the Demons, Villanova’s Collin Gillespie posted 21 points with four rebounds. Saddiq Bey added 18 points with four rebounds and four assists, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl put up 13 points with 13 rebounds there.
Villanova is 27-11 ATS in their last 38 after an ATS loss and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 home games. The Wildcats are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 after a straight-up win and the under is 5-1 in their last six overall.
Meanwhile, the under is 8-3 in the Huskies’ last 11 overall and they’re 7-15 ATS in their last 22 road games. UConn is 0-3-2 ATS in their last five overall and the under is 11-2 in their last 13 after a straight-up loss.
Connecticut pushed a very good Shockers team to the absolute brink in their last outing, and very nearly pulled off a signature upset. It was a good turnaround for the Huskies, who hadn’t cracked 70 points in any of their previous four games.
It would be fun to see the Huskies come back and be competitive here as well, but I don’t think they’ll be able to maintain that level of play versus Villanova. The Wildcats seem focused since their latest loss, so I’m going that way on a cover.