Villanova vs. Connecticut Pick
Will No. 1 Villanova face any resistance when it goes on the road to face Connecticut today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Villanova is the clear favorite on the road, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -16 points against UConn. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 145 points. Today’s game takes place from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut and will air live on CBS.
Villanova has won four straight coming into today’s contest, including an 88-56 win at Georgetown earlier in the week. The Wildcats are 17-1 overall, 5-1 on the road and 12-6 against the spread. Nova is averaging 88.3 points per game on offense this season while allowing 68.8 per contest. Jalen Brunson is leading Villanova with 18.8 points and 5.3 assists per game this season while Mikal Bridges is adding 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Connecticut had a three-game win streak snapped this week in a 73-49 loss at Memphis. The Huskies are 10-8 overall, 8-1 at home and 6-9 against the spread. Connecticut is averaging just 68.8 points per game this season while allowing 71.5 per game. Jalen Adams is leading Connecticut with 18.5 points and 4.2 assists per game while Terry Larrier is adding 15.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest. Larrier is questionable to play today due to a concussion.
Connecticut has won five of its last six meetings with Villanova, but the two teams haven’t played since 2014. The Huskies are dealing with some injuries while Villanova is coming in pretty fresh and playing quite well. Getting out of conference play briefly should also help Nova, as the Huskies won’t have a detailed game plan on how to defend Villanova. I expect the Wildcats to build off their dominant win over Georgetown and run past the Huskies today. The public betting is heavily with Villanova as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: VILLANOVA -16