Villanova vs. Penn Prediction
The Villanova Wildcats are rolling now after a rough start to the season and they are ranked 17th nationally heading into today’s game at The Palestra versus the Penn Quakers. Will Villanova turn away its in-city Ivy League foes?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The Palestra at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wildcats are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 140 points. As of Tuesday morning, 57 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Villanova. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Wildcats ease past St. Joseph’s
Villanova (8-2) led by 10 at halftime Saturday afternoon en route to a 70-58 victory over visiting St. Joseph’s. Eric Paschall paced the Wildcats with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting including 3-of-4 on 3-point attempts to lead the way. He added nine rebounds and five assists. Phil Booth tallied 12 points, six assists and four boards. Joe Cremo had 12 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench. Jermaine Samuels added 11 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Villanova shot only 23-of-63 from the floor, but hit 13-of-43 from 3-point range and held St. Joe’s to 20-of-58 from the field.
Quakers win fourth straight
Following back-to-back losses, Penn (8-2) has now won four in a row after Saturday’s 83-65 victory at La Salle. The Quakers dominated the first half and led 39-21 at the break. Pennsylvania shot a sizzling 31-of-58 from the floor, going 7-of-19 from 3-point distance and 14-of-18 at the free throw line. Michael Wang paced Penn with 18 points in 15 minutes off the bench to go with three rebounds and three assists. AJ Brodeur contributed 17 points, six boards, five dimes and two steals. Antonio Woods had 17 points and five assists. Devon Goodman added 14 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
College Basketball Public Betting Trends
The under is 9-1 in the last 10 Wildcats games overall. Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
The Quakers are 5-0 ATS in their last five Tuesday games. Penn is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.
I’m not going to dismiss Penn here as it holds a win over Miami (FL) and has a top 100 defense. On deck for the Wildcats is second-ranked Kansas, so the Wildcats could be caught in a look-ahead situation and also might view this as much more than a preparation game. I like taking the points here on a solid Penn squad.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PENN QUAKERS +7