Providence vs. Villanova - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Providence Friars (16-12) at Villanova Wildcats (22-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -9 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Providence Friars (16-12, 9-6 CONF) and the Villanova Wildcats (22-6, 11-4 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 29th for a Big East matchup at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The game will be played at 12:00 PM eastern time.
Providence is coming off an 84-72 home win over Marquette in their last game. Providence is now on a three-game win streak, defeating three straight Big East teams, including a nice home win over Seton Hall. Villanova is coming off a 71-60 home win over St. John’s in their last game, as the Wildcats of Villanova are really hot as of late. Villanova is currently ranked #12 in the country, and they are on a five-game win streak.
Providence scores 70.8 points per game on 40.8 percent field goal shooting this season. Providence’s leading scorer and rebounder is G Alpha Diallo, who scores 14.0 points per game and earns 8.0 rebounds per game. Providence allows 66.7 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.1 scoring differential so far this season. Providence also earns 38.1 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 3.5 blocks, and 8.4 steals per game as a team.
Villanova scores 73.8 points per game on 44.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Villanova’s leading scorer is F Saddiq Bey, who scores 16.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Villanova is F Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who earns 9.3 rebounds per game. Villanova allows 66.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +7.6 scoring differential so far this season. Villanova also earns 36.2 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team.
Providence is 13-14-1 against the spread this season and 6-3-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Providence is 5-4-1 against the spread on the road so far this season. Villanova is 13-13-2 against the spread this season and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Villanova is also 6-8 against the spread at home so far this season.
Providence certainly needs this win a lot more than Villanova, even though Nova will still fight for this game. I like the way Providence has played as of late, and I think they will be able to keep this game close enough to catch a cover. I will take Providence plus the points.