Milwaukee vs. Villanova Odds

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BUFFALO, NY (TheSpread) – No. 2 Villanova looks to prove its worth on Thursday night when it faces No. 15 Milwaukee in the NCAA Tournament at 9:25PM ET.

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Villanova went 28-4 this season and won the Big East regular season title. Milwaukee went 21-13 and claimed the Horizon League Tournament title to earn its bid. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Villanova is the clear favorite in this game, as the Wildcats have odds of -16.5 points against Milwaukee. The over/under total for the game has been set at 140 points (View Matchup). These two have no recent meetings.

Villanova went an impressive 21-9 against the spread this season and it hit the over in 18 of 30 lined games. The Wildcats won 12 of their last 13 games before losing to Seton Hall in its Big East Tournament opener. Villanova averaged 78.5 points per game on the season while giving up 66.6 points per game on defense. The Wildcats held opponents to 40.7 percent shooting on the season. Nova has great balance as three players average between 14.2 and 14.5 points per game. Leading the way is James Bell, who averages 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Milwaukee was 20-12 against the spread this season while hitting the over in 16 of 31 lined games. The Panthers were just 7-9 in league play but won their final five games of the season to make the NCAA Tournament. Milwaukee averages just 70.9 points per game on offense while allowing 70.5 per game on defense. One area the Panthers have been strong is 3-point defense, as opponents shoot just 31.5 percent from behind the arc against them. Jordan Aaron has led the team this season, averaging 15 points and 2.4 assists per game.

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These two will face off in the second round of the East Region, today at 9:25PM ET on TBS. The game will be held from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

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